The Nest by Japanese sculptor Tadashi Kawamata is a two-part sculptural constellation constructed from reclaimed materials. Attaching itself to the Lasipalatsi (Glass Palace) building, the work is an alien presence in a familiar setting. Kawamata likens the installation to an avalanche of scrap crashing into the clean, white-washed facade of the 1930s functionalist building. Through subtle gestures and a play with scale the artist opens our eyes to the hidden potential in our surroundings.
Since the 1980s, Kawamata has carried out site-specific projects all over the world adding layers and structures to natural and urban spaces often in collaboration with local groups. For an annex to the Palace of Versailles, he created a waterfall of apple crates collected from local fruit vendors, and for Centre Pompidou he built makeshift wooden treehuts onto its iconic steel facade.
Looking for wooden furniture
To construct Tadashi Kawamata's Nest, we are looking for wooden furniture that can be recycled
A summer guest is moving into Amos Rex’s courtyard and is looking for furniture for their new nest. Maybe the old one became too cramped, or they were just attracted by Amos Rex’s domes and city views. To help them move in and settle down, we are teaming up with the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre (Kierrätyskeskus) to collect wooden furniture – tables, chests of drawers, shelves, sauna benches, broken or intact – as building material for the nest. Help us and the Reuse Centre find construction materials for the new nest.
Amos Rex and the Reuse Centre will select items that are suitable for Kawamata’s work. The rest of the items will continue their journey: those in saleable condition will go to the Reuse Centre shop, those that can be recycled will go to the material recycling centre and the rest will go to energy production.
Please drop off donations at:
Kyläsaari Reuse Centre (Kyläsaaren Kierrätyskeskus)
Kyläsaarenkatu 8, Helsinki
Mon–Fri 9 am – 9 pm, Sat–Sun 10 am – 6 pm