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Music heals. It’s not gonna fix the damage from Japan’s 2011 tsunami, but it might help. That’s the thinking behind Ark Nova, the first-ever inflatable concert hall:

[T]he mobile structure will open to the public on October 14th and will be host to concerts, events, and workshops in tsunami-damaged areas around the country.

Made from a translucent purple membrane reminiscent of a parachute, the organic structure can inflate in roughly two hours and seats up to 500 people, and will be easily transported around the region. Additionally, wood from tsunami-damaged cedar trees at the Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima was repurposed to build seating and acoustic reflectors in the hall’s interior.

Awesome, right?

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Not only will Ark Nova’s seating and locations pay tribute to tsunami victims, but its very nature reflects the impermanence of life. A British-Indian sculptor who worked on the project, Anish Kapoor, told the Telegraph, “We felt that the site in Matsushima, amidst the destruction of the tsunami, needed a temporary structure and an inflatable seemed to be appropriate.” It seems fitting, somehow.

Just try not to think about how it kinda looks like a butt.

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