Having a bummer of a day? Is work bringing you down? You should celebrate!

Japanese artist Tomomi Sayuda has created an art installation that attempts to bring together the traditionally segregated life elements of work and play. Inspired by his father’s suicide due to work related stress when he was only 37, Sayuda has designed a series of common desktop habitants that burst into a scene of celebration with music, bubbles and fireworks.

A large red button tempts an office worker to hit it and release the building stress with a joyous spectacle. A mug, binder folders, a tape dispenser, stationery drawers, and pin board make up the table parade.

I have been naturally fascinated by stress relieving solutions. In addition, our daily lives have strong contrast in the day – work- and night -play- traditionally. There are words of ‘Hare’ (sacred) and ‘Ke’(secular), which we often use to describe our cultural contrasts in daily life and unusual days. I would like to represent the strong contrast in the daily life in the office, and opposite exciting elements for entertainments such as fireworks, which is popular in Japan as summer night festival. Those two opposite elements always need to live together, particularly in hard work societies. Therefore I hide my entertainment elements inside practical modern office stationary and create contrasts and surprises to uplift human emotion” – Tomomi Sayuda

Image: Tomomi Sayuda