Outside Terminals

Grand Hyatt, Level 1
Ether by Kohei Nawa

Ether 2019

Kohei Nawa b. 1975
Painted aluminum
35 ft.
SFAC 169
SFAC

Standing thirty-five feet tall, Ether is the first permanent artwork in the United States by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa. Resonating with the movement of nearby airplanes, the sculpture explores the concept of gravity, defied during takeoff, but used during landing. The form of the sculpture visualizes a droplet of liquid falling from sky to earth. It changes shape as gravity propels it downward, but encounters an equal counter force thrusting skyward. The resulting form is a symmetrical and potentially infinite column created within a space of zero gravity.