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Kamiyama, Shikoku, Japan, 2013/2014

Work in progress.
60 rings, cedar wood, grey and white nets 12 by 5 meters.

My first impressions from the mountains around Kamiyama were the deep hanging clouds in the canyons of the cedar wood forests. This poetical image reminded me of Japanese ink brush paintings that show mountains and trees appearing out of the nothingness of the white paper.

So I came up with the idea to build an installation in the mountains that symbolizes a cloud. The work is built out of 60 rings that are screwed together. With the help of people from Kamiyama they were cut from cedar wood. Some of the rings are covered with grey and white nets to create concentrated areas within the installation that are more and less transparent.

The current installation in the Yorii-za theater is an improvisation of how the cloud will look like. The final installation on the steep terrasses in the Shimobun mountain of Kamiyama will be realized in spring 2014.

Thanks to the members of Green Valley Inc. from Kamiyama.

Photos: 1+5 Manus Sweeney, 3 Keizo Konishi