Playable Sculpture 2016
Among the many machines exhibited in the Nippon Mining Museum’s Mining Exhibition Hall are rock drills. Tuksina Pipitkul found charm in a specific part of these drills, which to her resembled heads of insects. As an artist, Pipitkul has always been interested by materials and shapes that are found in people’s lives, and has produced refreshing and surprising artwork by making slight modifications to such features. Taking the drills as her starting point, she has created for the festival artwork in which the drills transform like action-movie robots into insects. The work also compares the nameless mine laborers into the insects that support the ecosystem’s foundations. Visitors are invited to play with these sculptures, picking them up in their hands, and to contemplate the history of these machines that were used by countless miners.
The work was initially intended visitors to play by assembling pieces with their hands. However, as some pieces were broken, we kindly request you to appreciate works through the cases.