Sound of IKEBANA: Four Seasons, Spring


Naoko tosa projects sound of ikebana onto art science museum at Marina Bay Snads in Singapore.

Japanese artist naoko tosa has projected the mapping installation, ‘sound of ikebana: four seasons’ onto the exterior of the art science museum façade at marina bay sands in singapore. referencing japan’s natural weather alongside strong visual influences of the rimpa school style of painting, the colors displayed are evocative of china, malaysia and india.

“Sound of Ikebana” is a collection of new type of video artworks which are created by shooting Ikebana-like shaping, generated by giving sound vibration to liquid such as pastel color, oil, etc., by a high-speed camera.

This new type of ikebana (flower arranging) is created by capturing beauty of a physical phenomenon by shooting it with a high-speed camera of 2000 frames/second. The beauty is in one sense created by the collaboration between the physical phenomenon and an artist’s sensitivity and gives us an unforgettable strong impression. By utilizing various types of liquid the artist tried to express various kinds of color variations such as prayerful color in Buddhism, Japanese “Wabi-sabi” color, delicious color of food, cute color of Cool Japan, Peranakan color in Singapore, Indian color, Chinese color, etc. By using these color coordination, the artworks are intended to express Japanese seasons such as palm and cherry in spring, cool water and morning glory in summer, red leaves in autumn, snow and camellia in winter, Christmas season and New Year season. Adequate Haiku, Japanese short poems, are selected and are accompanied to each captured video. Please see at the below url.

By watching these series of video artworks audience would have a feeling of wonder generated by organic and mysterious figures of the liquid and also its unforeseeable movements. At the same time audience would feel the connection of long history and traditional cultures in Asia, which is really meant to express by the artist.