Ground, Water, Cosmos

Throughout the year / Closed on Tue except holidays *Closed on Tues and Wed from January to March
Photo by ANZAÏ

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About the artwork

The themes of this work are the earth, veins of water, ecological systems, and the cosmos, a world with vertical expansion. Energies are emitted from the ground and the cosmos. When an earthquake occurs, radiation that emits light in the sky is produced underground; cosmic rays are produced by huge explosions (supernovas) when stars are born and die. The neutrino is an example. Since the birth of the universe, a vast quantity of cosmic rays has run beyond time and space. We do not know whether cosmic rays captured by light were recently emitted by the sun or generated eons ago. It is clear, however, that we are watching fragments of time. When the sensor inside of the Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science detects cosmic rays, of which more than 200 travel through our bodies pre second, blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) installed inside the tower light up the wall on the upper part of the tower, and the red LEDs in the water are simultaneously extinguished. That reminds us that the same cause can generate opposite phenomena in space. My aim was to create a space in which visitors can feel the oneness of Matsunoyama’s earth and water and the cosmos as a whole.

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Artwork no. Y022
Production year 2003
Opening hours 9:00-17:00 (until 16:00 from 11/23/2022 to 2/20/2023) *Last entry 30 minutes before
Admission Individual ticket (Kyororo Fee) Adult 500 yen, Free for children under 15 years old
Closed Tuesdays except holidays (*Closed on Tues and Wed from January to March)
*Year-end and New Year holidays: 12/26-12/31/2022
Area Matsunoyama
Village Matsuguchi
Official website
Open dates Throughout the year / Closed on Tue except holidays *Closed on Tues and Wed from January to March
Venue 1712-2 Matsuguchi, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
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