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Brief Published: 17 Aug 2011

Architectural Post-it Notes


Using 30,000 cells of 3M Post-It notes, the architect Yo Shimada of Kobe-based Tato Architects in Japan has created an impressive fluorescent paper wall as an art installation for Artzone art gallery in Kyoto City. Working in collaboration with the Kyoto University of Art and Design (KUAD), the installation forms an interactive backdrop for an exhibition displaying the work of calligrapher Miss Kasetsu. Taking three days to assemble, Post-Its in fluorescent shades of pink, green, yellow, blue and orange were adhered to each other to form the wall-like structure that runs through the gallery.

Shimada explained that the installation had to be made from paper in order to complement Miss Kasetsu’s writing display and create an interactive element. Visitors were asked to engage with the exhibition by writing down their impressions on Post-Its and sticking them onto a vacant wall opposite.

The installation is reminiscent of the seasonal use of Post-It notes to cover the facade of the Galeria Melissa – the São Paolo flagship of Brazilian plastic shoe manufacturer Melissa – to highlight the arrival of the newest collection.

Tato Architects

Post-it at Melissa