When individuals gather, they form a group. Rules define the ways they come together. Although rules tend to be considered as inconvenient arrangements that impose certain restrictions and obligations, the field of sports would not exist without rules. In soccer, for example, players are bound to the rule that they should not touch the ball with their hands; in rugby, players are prohibited from making forward passes. However, such rules are precisely one of the reasons why these sports are so appealing. Likewise, haiku poems must follow the 5-7-5 syllable structure, which in turn boosts poets’ potential for creative expression. There are also rules on melody and rhythm. Such rules enable us to create music instead of purely random streams of sound. One could also say that diverse individuals apply rules when they gather and form groups. This system resonates with the ideals behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where individuals connect and foster mutual recognition based on their differences, creating spaces that generate harmony.
Asao Tokolo learned architecture since childhood, including an apprenticeship under Shin Egashira. Since September 11th, 2001, he has been creating patterns with the concept “to connect”. Many of his patterns are based on simple geometry, which can be reproduced using a compass and a ruler. His work is both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, crossing disciplines such as fine arts, design and architecture. His major works include the lower facade glass pattern for Dai Nagoya Building, emblems for Tokyo 2020, the pattern for BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE bags and the Tower of Connect, which is a sculpture installed outside Otemachi Park Building.
Tokolo was a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 2016, and a part-time lecturer at the College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Komaba in 2018.