Just recently a fabulous bird raises its wings on a clearing at the Momofuku Ando Center in Komoro. Its creator is the illustrator Noma Bar from Israel. He is the seventh and first non-japanese artist who has been invited by the art centers trust to participate in the „Treehouse Project“ to build an observation deck in the surrounding forest.
Going for a walk is Noma Bars source of inspiration: two autumn leaves, resembling the shape of a bird, the way they’re crossed into another. After he had tried several constellations, he finally finds the perfect arrangement of form and function.
The Birds Eye View arises – 27 feet above ground. Built entirely from wood, a trunk of a tree serves as support. A team of 20 carpenters is involved in the hatch of this wondrous birdy. „Keeping the visual storytelling of my work and translating an architectural form in to a surrounding, in which visitors interact witch the structure, both visually and as functioning observation deck“ was very important for Noma Bar.
Looking at the treehouse from a distance, you clearly see a giant, graceful bird. If you dare to get closer, two falling leaves become visible, in whose hollow space a steep stairway leads upwards. If you follw it, you immediately land in the birds head, a little bit like in „Being John Malkovich“. The roofed platform offers a wonderful eagles view all the way to Asama, an active volcano. For the small appetite you should definitely bring som mice and nuts.
About Noma Bar:
„Maximal communication with minimal elements“ – these words describe Noma Bars artistic ambitions best. The Israeli illustrator studied Graphic Design and Typography at the Jerusalem Academy of Art & Design and lives in London since 2001. He became known for his publications „The many faces of Noma Bar“ and „Negative Space“.
Photos by courtesy of Noma Bar