Storehouse of Names

29 Apr-8 May (everyday), 9 May - 13 Nov (except Tue & Wed)

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About the artwork

In the mountain town of Matsunoyama, two small communities, Kotani and Mizunashi, flack opposite sides of a hill. The sculptural installation, Storehouse of Names, references both this juncture of the two communities, and a kura ― a storehouse for rice. Sited across the field near the forested boundary, the installation’s form suggests a gathering place. Two openings offer entry within, aligned with the entrance to the field. Hundreds of small ceramic bowls form the walls, their size and shape similar to a rice bowl that is cupped in one’s hands. I gave workshiops in Matsunoyama to produce the bowls. Local residents and volunteer students engrave each bowl they made with their own name or one of a family member. The bowls are deposited in the structure, with the names turned to face the interior: an archive of the two communities, a storehouse of names.

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Artwork no. Y027
Production year 2003
Opening hours 10:00~17:00 (~16:00 on Oct and Nov)
Admission Please purchase the Individual Ticket JPY 300 (Sansho House Entrance Fee), ETAT Passport to view the artworks.
Area Matsunoyama
Village Kotani
Open dates 29 Apr-8 May (everyday), 9 May - 13 Nov (except Tue & Wed)
Venue Sansho House(327 Kotani, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata)
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