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A bird's-eye view of Izuokawa


- Varied thoughts that pop up and disappear during walks in the mountains overlap with the ever-changing expressions of the mountain clouds. The presence of a landscape becomes evident, at the cost of spent physical exertion. It's akin to a broad painting that offers a grasp of details even seen from a distance. -

[ Commission work ]
PVC sticker sheets on wall
13,540 × 6,370 mm


13,540 × 6,370 mm

This is a commissioned work at a gallery offering lodging in Izu-Okawa, in the central eastern part of Izu Peninsula.
The gallery is located near the mouth of the Okawa River, which forms characteristically steep terrain that runs from the southeastern foot of Mt. Amagi, the highest peak on the Izu Peninsula, down to the eastern coast. The facility is a large renovated building with the gallery on the first floor and accommodation and lodging on the upper floor.

The work is a vertically moving line that connects the first-floor space and the accommodation space on the upper floor, depicting as a bird's-eye view looking over the Amagi mountain range from the sky above the Izu-Okawa coast on the reverse C-shaped wall surface (about 13m long, 6m high) of the stairwell. About 3,500 characters taken from Lévi-Strauss's "Tristes Tropique" (Chapter 7, "Lessons of Letters") are arranged along the ridges and valleys. Viewers can read or see the characters while varying their distance from the charcaters, though the physical act of climbing up and down the stairs.