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Japan House London Unveils Creative Street Crossing

Tokolo Asao design and coordination: Tsuruoka Shintaro (COMU LLC)

Japan House London has revealed a creative street crossing specially designed by Japanese artist Tokolo Asao. The large-scale geometrically patterned crossing shows echoes of Tokolo's winning Tokyo 2020 emblem. This will be part of a special summer season at Japan House London celebrating the role of Japanese designers at Olympic Games past and present, including an exhibition showcasing the cultural legacy of Tokyo 1964.

A leading figure in the fields of art, architecture, and design, Tokolo's eye-catching works are created using simple geometric patterns arranged around the theme of 'connecting', with a particular focus on the Japanese colour ai – or Japanese indigo, a durable, weather resistant dye that retains its vivid dark blue colour over time.

Artist Tokolo Asao commented: "As a student at the Architectural Association in London, the city proved to be a defining experience for me that has gone on to shape my creative practice. I have always thought that there is great potential in working with patterns and signs within the context of transport. As someone who has also dreamed of designing for an airport, this opportunity - my first design for a street crossing at the heart of the city that has provided such inspiration throughout my career - is a genuine honour. I hope it leaves a lasting impression on the pedestrians who use it."

Japan House London is free to visit.  It is not necessary to book to see the displays of Tokolo's work however Gallery exhibitions (also free) must be pre-booked. Find out more on the Japan House London website.

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