Public Art and Design

The area is dotted with artworks and works of design. These add color to the streets and make walks through the neighborhood enjoyable. They also have an important role to play in making this area a cultural center.

What is public art and design?

The Roppongi Hills Public Art and Design Project is intended to develop Roppongi Hills as a center of culture in Tokyo. Throughout the facility, works by more than 20 world-class artists and designers have been specially commissioned as appropriate to the theme of a major plan to make this area a “cultural heart of the city. ”
Art and design know no borders--beautiful and functional works create a landscape for a creative cultural heart of the city.

Public art

There are 6 works curated by the Mori Art Museum in the public areas of Roppongi Hills, and there are 3 works chosen by Fumihiko Maki, the designer of the TV Asahi Headquarters. We hope that you will enjoy these works by some of the world’s leading artists right here on the streets of Roppongi Hills.

Maman

A gigantic 10-m tall spider at 66 Plaza sure to catch the eyes of passersby. It symbolizes a place where people from around the world gather and where new information is spun.

LOUISE BOURGEOIS

2002 (1999)/Bronze, stainless steel, marble.
9.27 x 8.91 x 10.23 (h)m

Rose

An enormous rose that significantly exceeds the height of a person. This is planted in 66 Plaza as a symbol of love and beauty at Roppongi Hills.

ISA GENZKEN

2003 (1993)/Steel, aluminum, lacquer.
8.0 (h)m
Hollywood Beauty Group Collection

COUNTER VOID

Digital numbers floating on a glass screen call to mind people’s imagination.

MIYAJIMA TATSUO

2003/Neon tubing, glass, IC, aluminum, electric wires, etc.
One unit of characters 3.2 x 2.2 m x 6 characters.
Commissioned by TV Asahi Directed by MAKI AND ASSOCIATES

Wall Drawing # 948 Bands of color (circles)

This work was created in the entrance hall of TV Asahi, a lively composition consisting mainly of colorful circles.

SOL LEWITT

2003/Acrylic.
1F: 2.7 x 13.4m, 2F: 3.0 x 14.8m
Commissioned by TV Asahi

Roboroborobo(roborobo-en)

Child robots appear here and there in Sakurazaka Park. The eyes and chests of the 44 robots that make up the tower are illuminated at night.

CHOI JEONG HWA

2003/FRP, stainless steel, optical fiber.
1.0*1.0*12.0 (h)m

High Mountain Flowing Water: 3-D Landscape Painting

A work derived from Chinese folklore. A three-dimensional sculpture combining a stone mountain and seascape presented to seem naturalistic.

CAI GUO-QIANG

2003/Stone, water.
10.1 x 26.8 x 4.0 (h)m

Guardian Stone

Using simple rustic materials, this work exudes a variety of expressions.

MARTIN PURYEAR

2003/Black granite (Shanxi black granite).
3.7 x 3.0 x 5.5 (h)m

Plant Opal

“Plant opal” is a specialized term indicating crystallized plant cells that have become fossilized. This work seeks to restore the ancient awareness that we are no more than a small part of nature, and gives us the opportunity once again to look intently at a “plant opal”.

MORI MARIKO

2009/Glass.

Kin no Kokoro

・This work, commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of Roppongi Hills and the Mori Art Museum, is poised over the Mohri Garden pond, which is so rich in history.
・This installation is a string of gold-leaf beads that describe the arc of a heart. As one walks around the Mohri Pond, the sculpture gradually takes on the appearance of a Möbius strip.
・What I want viewers to experience is nature in Japan as it changes through the seasons and the pageant of history embodied in Mohri Garden, a history that stretches all the way back to the Edo period. (From the artist)

JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL

2013/Bronze, gold leaf, stainless steel.
330 x 360 x 169 (h)cm
Courtesy: Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong and Paris

Street Furniture

On main street Roppongi Keyakizaka Dori of Roppongi Hills and the sidewalk of Sakurazaka Street, world's first attempt "streetscape" plan produced by collaboration of 13 designers is realized. We invite you to experience art as you enjoy a pleasant stroll.

Annas Stenar

All of my designs are based on memories of travel to the Stockholm archipelago. (From the designer)

THOMAS SANDELL

2003/Corian (cameo white/coffee bean).
0.77 x 1.5 x 0.45 (h)m

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

This is a bench that carries the title of a jazz standard. The design is based on the idea of removing a certain kind of weight from things.

UCHIDA SHIGERU

2003/Stainless steel, ceramic paint.
0.45 x 6.0 x 0.95 (h)m

Where did this big stone come from?
Where does this river flow into?
Where am I going to?

HIBINO KATSUHIKO

2003/GRC, bright color, ceramic paint.
0.85 x 9.0 x 1.25 (h)m

Arch

Located between the sidewalk and street, installed as a boundary between design and architecture.

ANDREA BRANZI

2003/Concrete, ceramic paint.
0.5 x 6.0 x 3.0 (h)m

Evergreen?

Ivy that grows up from the ground curls intertwined in the gaps between a bundle of endless loops.

RON ARAD

2003/Main part: Bronze pipe, Legs: steel pipe, bronze sheet cladding.
1.48 x 6.04 x 2.71 (h)m

Isola Calma

This space is designed to provide a private space to shield people from the many passersby and vehicles on the street.

ETTORE SOTTSASS

2003/Walls: Made-to-order terrazzo, Floor and fence: Granite (Cardozo), Benches: Marble
(bianco carrara)
2.3 x 7.0 x 2.1 (h)m

Chair disappears in the rain

The outline of a piece of glass gradually disappears when the glass is placed in water. Similarly, this chair appears to completely disappear on a rainy day

YOSHIOKA TOKUJIN

2003/Main part: Glass, Chair legs: Mirror-finished stainless steel, floor: Burner-finished granite.
Chair: 0.75 x 0.98 x 0.99 (h) x 0.41 (sh), lump: 0.5 x0. 98 x 0.55 (h)m,
Floor: 1.68 x 5.95m

Park Bench

The design concept is a bench. It is intended to balance with the environment without provoking curiosity.

JASPER MORRISON

2003/Legs and arms Stainless steel, Back and seat: Japanese cypress.
0.44 x 8.58 x 0.75 (h)m

ripples

This is a large surface of water in which the urban "forest" floats. Above this are images of spreading "ripples."

ITO TOYO

2003/Seat Clad steel (machined), non-directionally buffed, ceramic paint, Legs: Concrete
0.9 x 3.8 x 0.43 (h)m

sKape

sKape is a flowing colored island. It is designed to be an extension of the Tokyo landscape.

KARIM RASHID

2003/GRC, urethane paint.
0.7 x 9.0 x 1.94 (h)m

Motocross

These benches have colorful stripes that suddenly appear at the feet of passersby, and are designed for people who walk in different ways, whose paces vary from hustling along to dawdling at a leisurely pace.

JOHANNA GRAWUNDER

2007/FRP, rubber, artificial turf.

Moored Balloon

Extending broadly like the branches of a tree, this installation is designed to create a place where families can spend some relaxing time shielded from the sun.

PATRICIA URQUIOLA

2007/Titanium, stainless steel, rubber.

day-tripper

​Combining elements of tables and chairs, the design of Day-Tripper is based on research on the kinds of positions people assume during the course of the day, including leaning, sitting, crouching, and so on. Emphasizing a concentration of European sensibilities and culture, this pink benches covered with printed white flowers.

​DROOG DESIGN / Jurgen Bey with Christian Oppewal & Silvin v.d. Velden

2003/Polyurethane formed FRP, polyester paint, silkscreen print.