Wednesday 27 Jul 2016

Waterscape by Misawa Design Institute

Underneath the surface of water is a unique environment that exudes an energy which is completely opposite from that which is surrounded by air.

The inner space of this fish tank is created by combining two simple elements of container and water, with an extraordinary world created that differs from the world with air. Propelled by buoyancy, this is the result of an opposing gravity that is pushing upwards.  For example, when placed in midair, gravels and aquatic plants are bound to fall instantly to the ground, but when placed in water, the gravels would slowly sink to the bottom, and the aquatic plants would gently rise up to the water surface. Moreover, delicate structures that are prone to damage caused by their own weight on land are able to maintain a stable state because of the relative force of gravity and buoyancy. The interaction between gravity and buoyance is consciously controlled with this, seeking to explore from zero the ecology where aquatic beings dwell. The observations are then tangibly realized, transformed into the project, WaterscapeThe piece being presented here is still just a prototype, and the objective is for the viewers to see from it a brand new aquatic landscape that differs from what is perceived with conventional fish tanks, and for them to discover the endless possibilities hidden within. 

''During the conception phase, I was drawing inspiration from my past experiences with caring for aquarium fish. I’ve placed aquatic plants in lab beaker and flask before and then placing that into a fish tank to create a dwelling place for the fish in the tank. I’ve also let aquatic plants float to the surface of the water to allow for photosynthesis to occur. I’ve conducted countless small experiments, seeking to discover beyond just mere visual effects. My objective was to find out what can work and spark reactions in the ecology where different aquatic creatures live. I’ve engaged in those experiments under this premise, which have inspired me to create this collection.'' - Haruka Misawa    

Photo Credit : Masayuki HAYASHI