BECOMING A RIVER
Becoming a River
Three works commissioned as part of a residency in Kamiyama, Japan an installed in Oayama Sculpture Park and at a local high school
photos by Chie Naito
Rice Becomes a River
Local farmers donated rice straw at the end of the harvest and the local community worked together to help construct this ephemeral river through the forest. Over time, the river will decompose and a ghostly image of it will remain on the forest floor.
Life Becomes a River
The local gym is reconfigured as a garden with a river and waterfall made of rice straw, projected images of the hands of people in the town washing their hands at the shrine, a small seating area for tea and a traditional footbridge constructed by local woodcarver. The installation serves as a gathering place for local community members, who also contributed to its construction.
Again, Life Becomes a River
A stone path extends for 30 meters through the forest. Created in collaboration with the local community, each stone is carved with map and text of the local river that is visible from a bench at the end of the path.