Setouichi Triennale Shodoshima

Promoted as “An Art and Island Journey Through the Seasons on the Seto Inland Sea” the Setouichi Triennale is a beautifully inspired and inspiring Art Festival. And while the summer season of the Festival has finished and the official Autumn season hasn’t started (October 5th — November 4th) all of the works are still able to be viewed on the islands. So over the last week I’ve managed to visit a number of the sites and seen some incredibly beautiful work. I’ll post some photos etc below but if you live in Japan or are visiting, and have an interest in art then I couldn’t reccomend visiting the Setouichi Triennale more highly!

Setouichi 2013

The first work I saw was the day I arrived – THE STAR ANGER by Kenji Yanobe is installed on the wharf of Sakate Port, literally where I first set foot on Shodoshima.

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

The second work I visited was a beautiful installation by artist Ryo Yamazaki in collaboration with Shodoshima towns people and studio L. Visually it was a feast for the eyes, a large scale installation filling one wall of a large gallery space with beautiful gradations in light….

Setouichi 2013

But it was only on closer inspection the genius of construction was revealed!

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

Amongst the documentation of the project were some great photos of the local people who must have spent many hours filling those tiny soy sauce bottles with the calibrated concentrations of soy sauce!

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

The third was a very large scale land art work by Taiwanese artist Wang Wen Chih called THE LIGHT OF SHODOSHIMA

Setouichi 2013

The structure was beautifully constructed and it felt truly mind altering to be inside it, the diffuse fractured natural light is so beautiful but it also made me wonder what it would be like to be inside when its raining – imagine how complex the rain drips would be!!

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

Setouichi 2013

At night the work is light with hundreds of LEDs so I will have to revisit it, but for now here is some silent video I shot during our daytime visit…

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