Translated by Hilary Keyes
74 Amazing Works Of Art! The Sapporo Art Park
Written by Keisuke Yamada
Today we visit the Sapporo Art Park - an outdoor art exhibit featuring 74 works by different artists. In this article, we present photographs and commentary of just some of the many works you can enjoy at this outdoor museum.
Located in the northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido is the country's largest prefecture. Many different facilities make use of the vast lands available to them, such as Moerenuma Park and Shiroi Koibito Park which we have written about on Matcha before.
Of these many spacious parks, today we'd like to take a look at a place found 20 minutes by train or 15 minutes by bus from Sapporo Station, the Sapporo Geijutsu no Mori, or Sapporo Art Park. In particular, we're going to visit the Sapporo Art Park Sculpture Garden, where you will find 74 works by 64 artists on display outdoors. In this article, we will be looking at the works that especially caught the author of this article's eye.
Koto Kukan (Unusual Space)
This work is by the Japanese artist, Uchida Haruyuki. The inverted triangle avoids touching the bright red form it is surrounded by and stands defiantly on its sharp peak. This piece was made possible by the skillful use of magnets.
Ureshikute Anoyo to Konoyo wo Ikikisuru (Coming And Going From This World To The Other)
This piece is by Mogami Hisayuki. When you climb to the top of the stairs and look up at the sky you can enjoy a view of the scenery that seems almost to be a portal into another world. The four colorful legs are also quite fascinating thanks to the intricate manner in which they are intertwined.
Made by Asakura Kyoko, this work features two similar appearing women sitting on a bench; when you get closer to it, you will notice that both of the women are strikingly beautiful.
Kumo no Bokujo (Cloud Ranch)
By Shingu Susumu, here you will see five sails in total, gently being blown by the wind. The intention of this piece is to illustrate the essence of the 'wild', something which is hard to understand with the eye alone.
Kakusareta Niwa he no Dori (Path to the Hidden Garden)
This work by Dani Karavan is actually composed of seven works together. There is a seven meter tall gate at the entranceway, beyond which is a hill with a seven meter circumference, followed by a seven meter tall sundial, seven springs, the cone-shaped building you see in the photograph above, (seven meter tall, seven meter circumference), a winding waterway that is seven meter wide and 70 meters long, and finally a second seven meter tall gate that leads to a hidden garden.
The numbers seven, three and a half, and fourteen make up every dimension and number used in this piece. According to the Bible, God made the world on the 6th day and rested on the seventh, and in Karavan's homeland of Israel, they have a custom of allowing fields to rest after being used for agriculture for seven years; the number seven has had a great impact on human consciousness for centuries. This is a truly unique space to enjoy.
This work is by the artist Raymond Kaskey. This statue and the wooden pavilion over it were gifts presented to Sapporo by their sister city of Portland in America. Incidentally, there is a two-meter tall identical copy of this statue in Portland as well.
Kosasuru Akasabi no Kabe (The Intersecting Wall of Rust)
This work is by Yasuda Haruhiko. The massive wall and the delicate details of the latticework make for a fascinating combination. Although it first seems cold or inhumane, when you look at it more closely you can appreciate the human-ness of the work as a whole.
This work is by Miyawako Aiko, and features eight thin wire curves blending seamlessly with the sky, almost appearing to have been drawn on the sky itself.
Chohatsu Shiau Katachi (The Shape of Joint Provocation)
By Tsuchitani Takeshi, it almost appears that these natural stones and manmade iron bars are supporting one another. A massive piece, you can really appreciate the strength behind it when viewing it up close.
1-9-8-5 Chosei Chinka (1-9-8-5 Sinking Intelligence)
Made by Yuhara Kazuo, this piece combines the mixed up lying world of the mirror's reflection with glimpses of the real world visible between the panels - it is a lot of fun to look at in person. Depending on the angle from which you look at it, the lights and changes created by the mirrors are quite interesting.
Yottsu no Kaze (The Four Winds)
Sunazawa Hikki made this piece. Originally it has four pillars as shown in the picture below, but the pillars collapsed over time as a result of being displayed outside, and now only one remains as you can see in the first photo above. The artist intended for this to happen when it was first installed, and as such it has not been touched or changed after the pillars began to collapse.
Isu ni Natte Yasumou (Let's Become a Chair and Rest)
The last work we will present in this article is Isu ni Natte Yasumou (Let's Become a Chair and Rest), by Fukuda Shigeo. In this work, sitting down makes you into a chair for someone else. The thought is that, were the ring to continue, then the last person would be able to sit on the lap of the first person in the chain. The artist wanted to represent the spirit of this sense of working together and moving forward with conviction in this piece.
The pieces introduced here today are a mere fraction of the works that can be seen at the Sapporo Art Park. If you are planning a trip to the northernmost prefecture of Japan, then a visit to the Sapporo Art Park in Sapporo is a must.
Sapporo Art Park Sculpture Garden
Address: Hokkaido, Sapporo, Minami, Geijutsu no Mori 2-75
Open: April 29th-Nov. 3rd 9:45-17:00
Information in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Makomanai Station, Nanboku Subway
Access: Take the Chuo bus from the #2 stand at Makomanai Station for 15 minutes, get off at either the Geijutsu no Mori Iriguchi or Geijutsu no Mori Center bus stops.
Entrance Fee: Adults 700 yen, junior high age and under are free
Phone Number: 011-592-5111
Website: Sapporo Art Park