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Fogscape #03238

Fujiko Nakaya & Simon Corder (Japan/UK)

Riverside between Fulling Mill & Framwellgate Bridge

Best viewed from the South Street bank of the river

A rolling nocturnal fog cascades into the River Wear.

Fujiko Nakaya has been transforming public spaces around the world for over half a century with her ephemeral fog sculptures. An original commission for Lumiere 2015, Fogscape #03238 returns to cloak the riverside in plumes of ghostly water vapour. By bringing the clouds down to the ground, the artist hopes that people will be reminded of their own role in climate change. Fujiko Nakaya produced the world’s first fog sculpture in Osaka, Japan in 1970, by shrouding the roof of the Pepsi pavilion with artificially-produced fog. Since then she has created more than 90 of these immersive installations in cities and national parks across the world.

About Fujiko Nakaya

Fujiko Nakaya’s innovative use of fog as a sculptural medium emerged during her involvement with E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), a global initiative promoting collaboration between artists and engineers. As Tokyo representative for the group, Fujiko produced the world’s first fog sculpture for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan by shrouding the roof of the Pepsi pavilion with artificially produced fog. Over the last 50 years she has created more than 90 of these immersive installations. As the daughter of Ukichiro Nakaya, the glaciology physicist credited with producing the world’s first snow crystal in a laboratory, her lifelong goal, like her father, is to instil a sense of wonder into our everyday experiences of the environment. Since Lumiere, her sculptures have continued to transform public spaces across the world from Boston’s Emerald Necklace Parks to the Art Tower Mito in Japan, reshaping the idea of what an artwork can be.

Read more about Fujiko Nakaya’s work here

About Simon Corder

Simon Corder is a London based artist and designer. He has been working with lighting for over 40 years. When he left school in 1978 he joined the circus as a ‘ring boy’ and went on to perfect his craft as a lighting designer for touring theatre and opera. His practice encompasses lighting for performance, set and production design, light art, zoo design, event production and photography. Simon Corder has worked on four commissioned pieces for Artichoke, including Winter Garden at Elvet Bridge for the first ever Lumiere Durham in 2009.

Accessibility information

Artwork description: Immersive water-based fog installation with sound. Vision may be partially obstructed by fog on the Cathedral side of the river. From the opposite bank vision will not be obscured.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

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