Plaza de Sora and Alba


Plaza de Sora and Alba

Plaza de Sora and Alba

175 cm x 140 cm x 140 cm

Distance between the 2 chairs:

Sora 97 cm + Alba 72 cm + Ximena 147 cm + Steven 165 cm = 481 cm

Kowaki Prefectural Park, Tokoname, Aichi, Japan

MAP

Realized between April 2005 and December 2007

Plaza de Sora & Alba movie

ceramic

Plaza de Sora and Alba

The basic design is of two chairs facing each other. The chairs are designed with acoustic backs. These chairs are for people to rest and enjoy the park, as well as to interact with each other through sounds, words, and the surrounding environment.
A place to rest.
A space to play.
A piece to experience.

Plaza de Sora and Alba

For the two chairs we experimented with different kiln building techniques. One was a traditional updraft kiln, while the other was a downdraft kiln. After the kiln foundations were built, we proceeded to pound two giant mass forms, each containing ten tons of clay. From these forms we sculpted the chairs.

Plaza de Sora and Alba

Two 8 cubic meter kilns were built around the carved forms. These kilns were fired for two weeks each using kerosene, gas and recycled wood.

Plaza de Sora and Alba

After the firing, the kilns were dismantled and a small park was made around the chairs.