Nanohana Heels (2012)


Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011: two cities and two dates, distant in time and space, that bear testament to the devastating, long-lasting consequences of nuclear power
plant accidents. When British Japanese designer Sputniko! (Hiromi Ozaki) learned that Belarusian scientists had discovered that rapeseed blossoms absorb radioactive substances
from soil, she imagined flowers as an ideal  partner to restore the lands torn by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. This idea developed into Nanohana Heels, in collaboration with shoe designer Masaya Kushino: leather shoes whose mechanical high heels plant rapeseeds (nanohana in Japanese) with each stepーthus turning a stroll into a light, dynamic, reparative act.

Installation with video (color, sound, 0:51min.),
devices, and lambda print (120 x 200 cm);
devices: leather, steel, aluminum, 40 x 30 x 15cm each

Concept/ Direction/ Production : Sputniko!

Shoe design :  Masaya Kushino
Video :  Visitor Studio
Photography : Naoki Ishizaka
Styling : Takafumi Kawasaki
Make up : Koji kasai

Product Photography : Takuya Shima
Shoe Making : Periero
Model Making : KIMURA/ Naoki Kawamoto
Meta Work : Yuki Sumiya
Special Thanks to all the wonderful people I met and gave me advice in Iitate village and Minami-Soma City, Fukushima. Especially Mr Tetsuo Ohashi.