KALEIDOSCOPE BLACK & WHITE is a great artwork by Takeshi Kawashima and probably a labour of love for him. The artwork seems to change each Triennale so this one will probably only be around for the next few years before it is changed for 2019. Kaleidoscope is a very appropriate name for this artwork and based on what I heard, it is similar to the original artwork in 2010. I was not as impressed by the work in 2013 but I was thoroughly impressed this time.
Kaleidoscope is located behind the Dream Cafe, a popular spot for a drink and light foods up in Ogijima. I don’t believe the cafe is open often outside the Triennale but it is a nice place. When you pass the cafe, you come to the main entrance for Takeshi Kawashima’s artwork. I believe all of the artwork was done by hand using black markers. The entrance is pretty standard and when you walk into the room, you are hit by the detailed work of Takeshi Kawashima.
It is impossible to see every little detail, let alone try to document every detail. I did my best but it is far better to just walk around and enjoy the room. From the floor to the ceiling, Takeshi Kawashima made his intricate designs to emulate a Kaleidoscope; hence the name. To cover the windows, Takeshi Kawashima had fabric created in the same style that was hung to cover them. No matter where you looked, you could see this kaleidoscope in a different light. The fabric itself was used to create robes that you can wear and become part of the artwork.
When leaving, don’t forget to check out the extra bits of the artwork. There are real kaleidoscopes that you can look through, including a huge one. The huge kaleidoscope has been there since the beginning and you can move it and look through it to change the look. Don’t forget to also take a quick look at the washroom as that is also full of Takeshi Kawashima’s artwork and makes for an interesting time.