Shaped like a zip-fastener, this 9 meter long Japanese ship zips through water, dividing it in two!





Forget everything crazy that’s happened in 2020, plug in your favorite relaxing music, and play this ship video in the loop! The sight of the serene waters being unzipped like a winter jacket is pure ASMR, and that’s what creativity is all about. Exploring the different expressions of water – the infinite perspectives we can all have about things we see, feel, or project in our lifetime. With a hope that 2021 will bring in some semblance of normalcy, this pal is the Zip-Fastener Ship contrived by Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki which resonates with the spirit of creation even when things are not going as planned!

One fine day when the sun was beating down on the Tokyo Bay, Yasuhiro witnessed the sight of a boat opening up the sea like a zipper from an airplane. Perhaps a coincidence or sheer sign from the universe to churn up the idea of a ship that actually looks like a zipper was seeded in the artist’s mind who apparently has a knack for drawing inspiration from everyday objects. The cool-looking zipper ship is 9-meters long has a chrome-colored body, bridge, and a puller that gives it the distinct zipper-like form factor that anyone would mistake for a water surface unzipper when viewed from the skies above. It’s the utmost artistic nature of the design with its element of whimsy that makes the idea stand out from the crowd!

Yasuhiro Suzuki’s design was a part of the DESIGNART Tokyo 2020 as it bemused onlookers diving the Sumida River between the bridges of Azumabashi and Sakurabashi from October 31 to November 8, daily -12 noon to 2 pm. Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project on their event page expressed, “If you look at the gently flowing Sumida River, you can see the swaying water that changes its shape due to the splash of waves that the ship has set up on the sparkling water surface that reflects the sky. As the ‘Fastener Ship’ sails, we will bring out and convey the various expressions of water that lurks around us.”

Designer: Yasuhiro Suzuki