Maison Herms, 9th floor, Art Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 2002 Installation by Yumi KoriMaterials: gravel, wood deck, florescent light tubes
The gallery is located in the center of Tokyo. The space is surrounded by glass walls, light: sunlight in the day time, the neon light in the night time, is constantly coming through glass blocks. More over, because of the glass wall and many structural columns in the space, it was hard to exhibit art works in the gallery. Therefore, the curator asked me to develop a site specific art work in their gallery. I proposed to make the whole space as an " art work". Instead of exhibiting something, I transported 11 tons of gravel from Kyoto, raked wave lines in the gravel, constructed a 40 meter wooden deck. The gravel catches the transition of sunlight / shadows in the daytime, the outside neon light create a beautiful patterns in the night. The raked waves around the columns unify the structure and the artwork. Audience are invited to take off their shoes and explore the space by walking or sitting on the deck and remain as long as you wish. The light, the sound from outside, and the structure, all became a part of artwork.