Yuki Sugihra, Ph.D.
Artist, Director of ATELIE OPA
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Sugihara is an advocate of the water-friendly spaces “Mizunova” where people can come into contact with water without getting wet. Total attendance thus far is 1.17 million. Her dream is to install water domes all over the world to share the refreshing feeling with the people who experience it.

プロフィール研究展覧会講演掲載メディアResearchExhibitionCurriculum vitaeAwards

1998 Head Mounted Water Display

Location: Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo Japan
Period: 30th June -10th July, 1999,
Selected among the young artist best 100
The purpose of this research is to show that how water membrane influence on a person. Water display is a sense stimulating system using water. You can enjoy immersive feeling into water.

1999 Water dome Project in Spiral

Location: SPIRAL, 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minatoku Tokyo Japan
Period: 30th October -10th November, 1999 
The Japan Art Scholarship was founded in 1990 with the purpose of discovering new talent and bringing out the potential of young artists. Applicants must present a plan on how to exhibit their work in the subject space, not a completed work. A total of 163 ideas were submitted by 212 artists. The Grand Prix winner, Sugihara was awarded 10 million yen for the execution and the installation of her work to be realized in the exhibition. Two 1000-liter per-minute pumps spread the water out into the shape of a dome with 8 meters in diameter. The jets of water gushed out of the top creating a screen of water droplets. Participants inside the dome watched the images that were being projected on the inner side of the dome while they simultaneously experienced a fresh wind blowing from the floor.

1999 Head Mounted Water Display

Siggraph, Emerging Technologies (Los Angeles)

2001 Head Mounted Water Display

Laval Virtual (France)
– Invited to show the works to Virtual Reality exhibition and showcase in Laval.

2002 Head Mounted Water Display

Kintetsu department store(Japan)

2002 Head Mounted Water Display

NTT InterCommunication Center (Japan)
– NTT/ICC is a museum to encourage the dialogue between technology and the arts in Japan

2002 Rendezvous Project Water Cocoon Exhibition

Location: SPIRAL , 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minatoku Tokyo Japan
Period: 15th-30th March, 2002 
From “abundant” to “limited” resource: Introducing the environmental viewpoints with regards to water through the Art. There is a worldwide shortage and pollution of “fresh water” and that we will be facing a lack of water in global sense can easily go unnoticed. Based on the report released by United Nation Environmental Plan (UNEP) and World Water Forum, Spiral had taken the approach to water in a form of an exhibition. The exhibition’s main attraction is the water dome. This dome is 2 meters in diameter and the dome section consists of a thin water film. In comparison to the rainfall-like 8-meter dome, the new 2-meter-in-diameter dome is a result of extensive research by Sugihara to create “the biggest water membrane.” Visitors can enter this dome and enjoy the wonderful sensation of being surrounded 360 degrees by water without being soaked.

2002 Water dome project

Location: Kintetsu Hoop, Osaka, Japan
Period: 21st November-30th December, 2002
Christmas Exhibition in a square of a department store in Osaka.

2003 Head Mounted Water Display

Location: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Tokamachi Station, Niigata, Japan
Period: 20th July-7th September, 2003
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is the world’s largest international art festival, held every three years in the Echigo-Tsumari region, encompassing Tokamachi City in Niigata Prefecture. Sugihara was invited and installed “Head mounted water display” at local train station. Local residents and visitors enjoyed this public art during waiting time of train. The water display offers the sensation of being under water without getting wet. Visitors can enjoy the feel and shape of the water and the spherical vision and auditory images inside the display. Sound emitted by a spherical water forms, and participant hears the concentrate sound from the center of the display while sounds form the outside are blocked by the sound of falling water.

2003 Water dome project

Location: Yokohama Landmark Tower, Yokohama, Japan
Period: 24th July-24th August, 2003
As Landmark tower 10th anniversary, the water dome installed in the atrium for main attraction. Escape from heat wave in summer, family visitors thronged to visit the water dome. An average of 2,600 people went into the dome each day; total 77,352 people experienced its coolness.

2003 Water dome project

Location: IMS Art festival, Fukuoka, Japan
Period: 17th September-9th October, 2003
We changed lighting color.

2003 layer dome

“2003 Take art collection” was a showcase to provide renowned artworks by contemporary artists.
Location: SPIRAL , 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minatoku Tokyo Japan
Period: 25th October-9th November, 2003

2004 Spoon to make a butterfly-shaped fountain

“2004 Take art collection”
Location: SPIRAL , 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minatoku Tokyo Japan
Period: (confirming) 2004


Location: Chubu Community for Millennial Symbiosis Pavilion, EXPO Aichi, Japan
Period: 25th March-25th September, 2005
“The EXPO 2005 Aichi” is a world exposition held with a clear objective of pursuing “Nature’s Wisdom”, or in other words, the sustainable coexistence of all life on earth. In creating a presentation for one of the pavilions of this exposition, Sugihara, as an artist, has designed a water dome that enables everyone to enjoy instinctively and renew his or her perception towards water. Images that symbolically express “energy cycle of the ecosystem” and “encounter of animals and humans within the water environment” are being projected onto the water dome. Just as people and animals gather around an oasis, visitors to “Mizunova” can experience a nostalgic and fresh sensation with their entire body. Total a million people visited in 6 month.

2006 Jellyfish-Bearings (Collection for NSK Ltd.)

Location: SPIRAL , 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minatoku Tokyo Japan
Period: 22nd -26th November 2006
NSK Ltd. sponsoring “Smooth Sailing for BEARING” art exhibition was hold for 90th anniversary of the foundation, Sugihara collaborated with engineer and developed special robot in the shape of Jellyfish. It consists of water membrane head and Swarovski crystal chained legs. When the jellyfish ups and down by ball bearings, water membrane was flitting like a creature. After the exhibition, this system presented some fairs in Japan, Semicon Japan 2006, Techno-frontier 2007 and 2009.

2007 Water dome project

Rock in Japan Festival
Location: The Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan
Period: 3rd -5th August 2007
Rising Sun Rock Festival
Location: Ishikariwan Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Period: 17th -18th August 2007
Our clients company requested us to make a new booth for summer rock festival. The exhibition booth was, in the past, composed of tent and steel materials. The water dome, however, used water sanitarily filtered from rain remaining in a park for the purpose of a structure material in the air space. Water pool with the air filter structure can swell in thirty seconds and the stage with stainless pillar and FRP-resin can be set up in five hours. Dismantlement, on the other hand, can be accomplished simply by releasing the water and decomposing the structure. It is designed based on system movability and decomposability concepts because after two weeks, another rock festival was scheduled to set it up.

2007 Water dome on the table

takeartcollection.com provide renowned artworks by Japanese contemporary artists. This table was made for collector of water dome fans.

2008, 2009 Water dome project

Rock in Japan Festival
Location: The Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan
Period: 1st -3rd August 2008, 31st July -2nd August 2009
Rising Sun Rock Festival
Location: Ishikariwan Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Period: 15th -16th August 2008, 14th -15th August 2009
Under the scorching sun in August, water dome turned into an oasis. This project received “Environments-Honorable Mention” of I.D. The International Design Magazine Annual Design Review 2008, “Silver award” of Design for Asia Award 2008.

2013 The drinking fountain

Awarded Lexus Design Award.
Location: Museo della Permanente
Period: April 10th to 14th, 2013.
>> See article

2016 Fountain Ring

ring-iconLocation: Spazio Lexus, Milan, Italy
Period: April 12th to 17th, 2016.

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