Opie discussed Tina a sculptural work sited in the grounds of Tokoyo Inn, Narita Airport, Tokyo.
A modern hotel by the airport. A coach drop off point and a small, grass traffic island. A contemporary setting but an ancient solution. Tina stands as a sentinel, a monolithic statue overseeing the arrivals and guarding the premises. Luckily her colours echo the pale colour scheme of the buildings. Like a company logo sign outside a factory headquarters, she is pared down to a simple language of hieroglyphics. Part drawing, part sign, the extruded line stands three meters tall. She could be a tourist herself or a busy shopper or on her way to work every day.
November 19, 2019