At the lobby of the ruined bank, there was a robot which were spinning thick threads like a cement mixing machine for urban development.
Knit Invaders in Hitachi-Taga, Saki Chikaraishi, 2016
At the lobby of the ruined bank, there was a robot that was spinning thick threads like a cement mixing machine for urban development. It is a tool for Saki Chikaraishi’s piece “addi UFO.” She decorates the empty city with colourful knits made by the thick threads. It is very sweet like making and giving a piece of knitting to siblings and friends that she knits and covers everything of the city for local people with much love.
Signmaker NAKAZAKI, Toru Nakazaki, 2016
At the ruined shop next to the bank, there were signboards by an Ibaraki-based artist Toru Nakazaki signboards displayed. The name of places disappeared because of the merger of towns and villages. The dim light that reminds modernism of the 20th century gave a deep nostalgia to people.
Spring, Kazuyo Sejima, 2016 © SANAA
On the other hand, along the road to the mountains, there is a forest surrounded by a country hill which is filled with colourful autumn leaves. As a place to enjoy the scenery, Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) who is an architect born in this region made a rounded ashiyu (a Japanese public bath for feet) which is made by aluminium in 10 meters diameter and filled with natural hot spring water. The scenery, sky, and overlapped rural landscapes on the aluminium surface make you feel comfortable with the warmth of hot spring.
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