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No.220 (9/28/12)

Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 越後妻有 大地の芸術祭2012

By Yoko Fukuyama
Guest Writer

This art festival is one of the largest in the world and is held once every three years in the area called Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata prefecture. The concept is “Humans are part of nature.” This year became the fifth since the festival started in 2000. This year, the festival started on July 29th (Sunday) and ended on September 17th (Monday.) The canvas is the whole area. The artists from around the world greatly make use out of the nature from the area and create their unique artworks. You not only see the art, but also “experience” it. For example, there is an old traditional house called “Dream House.” It was made to dream. Each room is painted red, blue, green, and purple. You wear pajamas that the artist made and sleep in a box. (It looks like a coffin!) When waking up in the morning, you write about your dream. It’s difficult to explain art, so you should at least check the images. More than 360 artworks await you!

1. M041 Dragon Modern Art Museum By Ann Hamilton

Blow the hose. It’s a musical instrument.

2.3. M041 Mienai Mura o Mejirushi ni Shite (Invisible village as a marker) By Jun Homma

Gazing at the art in the ordinary scenery, you’ll find some sculptures that are fun for both kids and grown-ups. Enjoy hidden art hunting.

4.5. Y089 Kamiebiike Meigakan By Tetsuo Ohnari, Mikiko Takeuchi

Real life images pulling from famous paintings by Gogh, Vermeer, Raffaello, and so on, the expressions of the character look naturally good and artistic.

6. T229 Rolling Cylinder, 2012 By Carsten Holler

The barber’s rolling pole turns into a big tunnel. It lets you feel a strange sensation and the change of sight.

Despite snowfall and severe natural conditions, about 160 artworks still have been displayed since 2000. Many volunteers in the area proudly help maintain the remained artworks. Many visitors surely help all the people in the area enjoy becoming a part of this modern art festival now and then. In Niigata, Fuji rock festival annually takes place in summer. There are a lot of activities available throughout the year. If you drive by Niigata, check out this Echigo-Tsumari! What a unique experience!

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