Kedogawa River Art Project
Moving Water Days
backpacking water for the future

Makurazaki City+Minami Satsuma City, Kagoshima, Japan
Septemmber 27- 29, 2006

a fishing boat unloading bonitos at the fishing port in the mouth of Kedogawa River
Makurazaki City is famous for ite production of dried bonitos.
On October 2006, Ichi Ikeda organized Moving Water Days in Kedogawa river flowing into the East China Sea, southern district of Japan. Ichi Ikeda, in cooperation with local people, carried out 3 programs to transfer water to the future while going back and forth between upper streams of the river and the mouth of the river.

*program-1 Backpacking 80 liters Water Box

*program-2 Carrying Water with Palanquin

*program-3 Creating Water Wheel

Ichi Ikeda backpacking 80-liter Water Box water dropping from some water box
tools for backpacking water box
* backpacking tool made by bamboos and ropes
This tools for backpacking are very helpful in carrying water box by him-/her-self. And this tools reminds people of the old days when people carried walking with backpacking various materials.
When backpacking tools stands upside down, we can use them as legs of the above-mentioned sacred palanquin.

* 80-liter Water Box
'80 liters of water' implies 'Water as Basic Human Right', and is the minimum ration needed to support the daily life of each person living on the Earth. However, according to the report, three fourth of the world population can use only 50 liters ofwater or less because of low water supply. Through carrying '80 liters Water Box' as one of the standards of an ecologically sustainable future, each backpacker intend to ask people
now, 'More than 80 liters or less?'
Backpacking 80 liters Water Box
Each participants in the Moving Water Days walked backpacking water as a carrier for the future both in the upper stream and in the river mouth.
backpackers of water walking in the upper reaches of the Kedogawa River where streams of water are flowing among limestones
Carrying water with palanquin
At some sites in the river, water boxes carried by participants were connected into a kind of cross-shaped structure reminiscent of the traditional sacred palanquin. This program must help people in recognizing importance of collaborative partnership for conservation of water.
Transformation from backpaching water to a kind of palanquin was carried out very easily through putting bamboo-backpacking upside down as leg of the palanquin.
Combining water boxes to create Water Wheel
Finally participants in the Moving Water Days was engaged in constructing art work in the river through putting all water boxes together. Looking down at the river from the bridge or the river bank, people can find out that this water installation is expressing circulation of water circulating over the earth.
Two kinds of palanquins were combined in the mouth of the Kedogawa River at low tide to create assenbly of water boxes called 'Water Wheel'.
When looking down the river from the bank, you can find that 'Water Wheel' is the symbol of water circulating on our water planet. Please read letters on the top of water boxes; heaven - rain - mountain - woods - pond - lake - river - sea -