Prismatic Clouds

Tokujin Yoshioka

Allen Center
One Allen Center

500 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77002

Prismatic Clouds, 2017

17,720 acrylic prismatic rods and stainless steel wire

46′ x 26′ x 16′


Located in One Allen Center, Prismatic Clouds is a sculptural work made of light, transcending concepts of shape by giving figure to all human senses utilizing immaterial elements. This gigantic sculpture of light floating in the air generates transparent layers that allow light to permeate by stacking more than 17,000 colorless prism rods in a space, creating a formation reminiscent of a cloud.

Tokujin Yoshioka is a Japanese artist born in 1967. His poetic and experimental artworks transcending human senses and themed in nature are highly acclaimed globally. He has won many international design awards including Design Miami Designer of the Year 2007. Many of his works are chosen as part of permanent collections in world renowned museums including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Le Centre national d’art et de culutre Georges-Pompidou (Centre Pompidou) in Paris, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His Water Block glass benches have been permanently installed in the Impressionist Gallery at Musee d’ Orsay in Paris, accompanying works by Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Prismatic Clouds is Yoshioka’s first permanent installation in the U.S.