Yashimaru Project

Artist: Takashi Suo & Toyomi Hoshina
1784 − 6, Yajima Tocho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Year: 2022
Researcher: Le Lijun

"Architect Takashi Suo is responsible for the architectural design of the "Yashimaru" project. The building presents a serpentine curve dynamic, and the internal space is not cut by walls. Instead, the undulating terrain of the Yashima is used to create different corridors, including spaces for dining, display, viewing, and communication. The roof of the building is made of about 30000 locally unique "Azi Stone" slab shaped debris, and the square and surrounding areas are naturally integrated to form the concept of "one building".
The project invites the representative artist of the "post Mono school", Toyomi Hoshina, to jointly create. Hoshina has used a new public art concept to build a panoramic art museum that has retired from the Japanese historical stage. With the theme of the famous "Battle of Yashima" at the end of the Yashima Heian era, he combines various diverse time and space between nature and humans to create a painting based installation work "Yashima Night’s Dream", As one of the key works of the 2022 Art Setouchi Triennale, the project focuses on the excavation and presentation of local cultural resources in the Setouchi Sea region. The new era requires new expressions. The combination of the panoramic paintings of Hoshina's "Yashima Night’s Dream" with contemporary art projects shows that a panoramic art museum that returns to traditional art language is conducive to further exploring and presenting local cultural resources. At the same time, it requires efforts and collaboration from different fields, not only considering artistic expression, but also emphasizing the improvement of its functions as a public facility and its own architectural form."

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"Since modern times, Yasima has become a representative tourist attraction in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. In 1972, the number of tourists throughout the year was as high as 2.46 million. However, since Japan entered a period of rapid economic development, the population has flocked to large cities, and the number of visitors to Yashima has been decreasing year by year. In the 21st century, only about 500000 people have visited each year, and various facilities and buildings on the mountain have been abandoned. How to arouse local vitality has become an important issue for the local government.

To this end, the Takamatsu City Government has established a specific implementation plan for the communication facility stronghold on Yashima Mountain, the "" Yashimaru""project. Through international solicitation and selection of plans, Toyomi Hoshina has created panoramic paintings with the theme of the famous "" Battle of Yashima"" at the end of the Yashima Heian era, and classified it as an important component of the 2022 Art Setouchi Triennale. It will be open to the public during its autumn exhibition period in 2022, It is a permanent public art facility."

"The panoramic display space designed by Toyomi Hoshina is the biggest highlight of the ""Yashimaru"" project that combines art. Hoshina used panoramic painting techniques to create a panoramic painting with the theme of the famous ""Battle of Yashima"" in the late Heian period of Yashima. He combined various diverse time and space between nature and human beings, creating a panoramic painting about 5 meters high and 40 meters long, forming a large-scale installation work mainly focused on painting, ""Yashima Night’s Dream"". It is also the latest masterpiece of the autumn exhibition of the Art Setouchi Triennale in 2022. Hoshina has adopted the popular concept of ""impermanence"" in ""The Story of the Heike Monogatari "" as its philosophy. He believes that the vast nature and human world in front of us are in a continuous line with history, with irreplaceable genetic continuity. The work is a cross time encounter and reminiscence.

A comprehensive combination of various forms of expression, such as art and architectural design, can showcase a more diverse artistic charm. As a panorama for public entertainment, it is a comprehensive public art form that integrates art and architectural design, with aesthetic and social functions of mass communication. The work highlights the cultural and historical origins of the location, which is also an important proposition for Toyomi Hoshina as an artist to pay attention to the connection between humans, history, and nature.

Public art places particular emphasis on locality, and the work of artists is not only about creation, but more importantly, how to express this kind of creation. The works of the Art Setouchi Triennale are created in specific Setouchi Inland Sea areas, combining the natural characteristics of ocean islands with local cultural landscape resources, thus nurturing more display forms and creative possibilities."

Progress Agency