The first ever inflatable mobile concert hall is set to tour Japan and its places affected by intense flooding.
Designed by British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the 30 meter by 36 meter abstract piece called “Ark Nova” was built to bring world-class performances to places devastated by the 2011 tsunami.
The opening weekend will be held in Matsushima, and it will include concerts from the Sendai Philharmonic, traditional Kabuki performances, and musical workshops for children.
Michael Haefliger, the artistic and executive director of the Lucerne festival, thought that a mobile concert hall would be a great idea to transport great music across Japan.
“The images of 11 March 2011 have left their mark on all of us. Since we at [the] Lucerne Festival have maintained a very close relationship with Japan for many years, I felt a strong desire to make a contribution to overcoming the consequences of the catastrophe, within the scope of what we have to offer. With the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova Project, we hope to give the people who are living with this situation something more than everyday pleasure. Combining different arts and cultures, this project is a fascinating symbiosis of architecture, design, folkloristic and classical music, as well as music education,” Haefliger said.