Cosmic Drops & Trace of Light, COREDO Muromachi Terrace

2019.9.27 Fri

Installed in:
COREDO Muromachi Terrace [Newly opened on 27th of September, 2019]
Access: 3-2-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

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Cosmic Drops and Trace of Light, two new large commissioned works by Ritsue Mishima, an artist who creates light sculptures out of Venetian glass, will be presented today at the grand opening of COREDO Muromachi Terrace, a new landmark in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Muromachi 3-Chome district.

The first piece, Cosmic Drops, is a large work designed in accordance with the space. It is part of a series in which Mishima uses glassblowing to stream melted silver into glass beads. This fantastic work, in which beads of light seem to float in space as they catch each momentary change in the light, conveys Mishima’s artistic concept of light as an overall space.

The second, Trace of Light, deals with the motif of morning and evening light reflecting and wavering on the water’s surface in Venice. By combining traditional blown glass with colored Venetian antique glass and faceted Japanese glass, Mishima has realized a special work that integrates the light, patterns, and colors of Venetian glass with Japanese traditional craftsmanship.

Both works are installed in the atrium entrance that leads to an outdoor plaza covered with a large roof in COREDO Muromachi Terrace. The space is directly accessible via the escalator that leads up from the underground passage in Tokyo Metro Mitsukoshimae Station or JR Shin-Nihonbashi Station. It is also visible when standing between the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, located adjacent to the building, and Chuo-dori Street. Please do not miss this new space, in which Mishima’s new works are woven together with light, in Nihonbashi, a historically and culturally significant part of central Tokyo.

In addition to Mishima’s solo exhibition at ShugoArts, starting on Sat., Dec. 7, 2019, the artist is currently working on a new commission in China. Please keep an eye on Mishima as she continues broaden the scope of her activities.