Zippers have been around for over 160 years.
The idea was first developed by Elias Howe who initially created the zipper in 1851. Howe failed to properly market his design and in 1893 a mechanical engineer, Whitcomb L. Judson, received credit for inventing the zipper. In 1913, the zipper received an update by an electrical engineer named Gideon Sundback, and this revision went on to evolve into the zipper that is more widely used today.
Though zippers are mostly thought of in regard to the fashion industry, an installation called Wink Space has turned them into an unbelievable feast for the eyes.
Using a salvaged shipping container as the exhibition space, the inside is transformed into a world of magical reflection and welcome interaction.
Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki designed the sparkling modular presentation. Referring to the design as Zipper Architecture, the seemingly endless array of zippers can be open and closed by collaborative participants.
Constructed of a network of numerous zippers, the artists applied traditional origami techniques to fold the panels. Combined with calculations and laser cut design the zippers are interwoven into a large window-like kaleidoscope that stretches down the container.
The award winning display was an inclusion in a contest called Art in a Container International Competition. In researching the plans for constructing the exhibit the team noted that zippers were an ideal medium for using in the container, as they can be managed and assembled efficiently in the space.
According to the artists, the project is meant to reinterpret architecture and allow it to move from a solid, strictly placed structure into a more fluid and pliable entity.
Of all the shipper container designs, this one is definitely creative and eye-catching.
All images of Wink Space are the property of Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki.
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