Water Station For the Heaven'

At Chiran community locating on the upper reaches of the Manosegawa River, Water Station For the Heaven', with 3 water cargos converted from the devastate hen-breeding houses, is in process of storing the water from the heaven in these Water cargos, aiming to transfer the stored water to the desert where people are suffering from shortage of water.

Project for transferring the rain water
to the desert regions

Oct. 16- Nov. 14, 1999
Former site of water mill, Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan


In the process of investigation for the Watr Ekiden, Ichi Ikeda found three broken hen-breeding houses in the deep bamboo grove. He decided to convert these devasted houses into the 'Water Station' with three water cargo.

devasted hen-breeding house in the bamboo grove before installation of the water station

  • This 'Water Station' is the starting station for sending out the water from the heaven (rain) to the desert where people are suffering from shortage of water
reconstructing the hen-breeding house into the water cargo

Water Cargo for the Desert@ No.010101

Water Cargo for the Desert@ No.010102

Water Cargo for the Desert@ No.010103


The dynamics in this Water Station is in process of hanging up the water cargo to send off the the rainwater gathered to the desert.


Water Station- For the 'Heaven'
SIZE: total size/23m~22m~6.5m
size of a water cargo/5.9m~20m~2.9m
MATERIAL: broken hen-breeding houses, woods, blocks, ropes, bamboos, poles for scooping water, chairs,
photos, sand, water


Water Station
For the Heaven