Drinking straws may be a mundane and innocuous item, but when they are collected en masse, they become very interesting. Their transparency and elongation create sweeping forms that seem to grow organically.
Artist Tokujin Yoshioka has installed the piece, Tornado, in The Saga Prefectural Museum in Japan’s southern island Kyushu, a region famous for its ceramics. The installation appears windswept and crystalline as it dwarfs the human figures that enter the space. To experience the installation, visitors must follow the predetermined path and preserve the work’s original form.