Last weekend I was lucky enough to catch the final day of the most exciting exhibition I’ve seen in a long while. Titled BCTION, over 70 young artists came together to fill nine floors of an old office building in Kojimachi (麹町), scheduled for demolition, with a dizzying array of art installations.

In preparation for the 2020 Olympics, large swathes of Tokyo are being redeveloped, and colourful takeovers of the “dead space of the city”, spearheaded by artist Kotaro Oyama and photographer Joji Shimamoto, have attracted much attention on Tokyo’s creative scene.

Here’s what you missed…

First Floor

On the ground floor paint was provided for anyone to add their touch to the adjacent walls.

Ground Floor DJ

Free Wall

1F

Second Floor

Installations by COLORgung, Kenta Kaido and Kamizato Mami among others.

Colorgung

2F

Kenta Kaido

Kleptomaniac

Kamizato Mami

Fourth Floor

An amazing spiral of characters cover the fourth floor by USUGROW with wall illustrations by Yohei Takahashi and others.

4F

Yohei Takahashi

Kaz

4F

Takeru Iwzk

Fifth Floor

The entire 5th floor was covered in a surreal installation by tha.

Soh (Tha)

Soh (Tha)

Soh (Tha)

Soh (Tha)

Soh (Tha)

Sixth Floor

Vivid paintings cover the walls, including a large mural by art group WHOLE9.

6F

Whole9

Dragon76

Oleo (RtypeL)

Oleo (RtypeL)

Toru Matsushita

Hizgi

Hizgi

Seventh Floor

The 7th floor had a cool cityscape model by RtypeL and paintings by Hideyuki Katsumata among others.

RtypeL

Hideyuki Katsumata

Hideyuki Katsumata

7F

RtypeL

Mon (Doppel)

Mon (Doppel)

Shogo Iwakiri

Refract

Michinori Maru

Eight Floor

Work by JONJON GREEN, Yudai Nishi, 81 Bastards and others.

Jonjon Green

Yu Soda

Jonjon Green

Yudai Nishi

8F

Ot, Mhak, Yoshi47, San Naoki, Jun Inoue

Ot, Mhak, Yoshi47, San Naoki, Jun Inoue

Ryuichi Ogino

There were even a few surprises in the dimly lit basement!

B1

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