|Water Mirror / Water Cave Harp
ART-MOVE in Okurayama
Okurayama Memorial Hall, Yokohama, Japan
July 25-August 7, 1987
|I'd like to introduce "free and soft breaths" into the thick and hard structure. Then, another "Water Mirror" should be installed on the "blank space" in the structure, for example, in the courtyard.|
|Listen to the Secret Sound occurring in the structure.|
| <Water Mirror-negative type> was arranged in the courtyard surrounded by the circulating system gallery, by filling up the space with water.
This Water Mirror installed within the building, namely the ³negative type² had different functions compared to the 'positive type'. The one outside enabled the waves to rise up into the air, whilst the one within the building helped us to discover the environmental structure in the ground, into which the water was going back to. We adjusted the amount of water of the Water Mirror to drip down into the ground through the several deep drains located in the courtyard, then used a microphone to catch the sound of the falling water echoing in the deep hole, and then amplified it to the outside of the building. The sound of the water and the water wave from the Water Mirror in the frontyard mutually effected each other, and enabled to give the surrounding environment with ²fertile breaths.²
Also, through learning that this device of the sound of the water had something in common with the traditional landscape gardening skill called 'Sui-kin-kutsu' (Water Cave Harp), I felt that I had abstractly touched our countryıs long history about our viewing of nature.
|device of water cave harp in the Water Mirror installation|
|Waterıs Reflection on Nature
Okurayama Memorial Hall in Yokohama. A building typical of early Showa era architecture. Last summer, in front and central yards of this building there were two distinctly different Water Mirrors.
|Water Mirror with Water Cave Harp overlooked from the tower of the Hall|
|performance in the Water Mirror installed on the courtyard|
|Sui-kin-kutsu (Water Cave Harp)
It used to be one of the old landscape gardening skills, but now it hardly exists. A pot with a little hole in the bottom is buried upside-down into the ground. Water works itıs way through the pebbles into the grounds to the hole of the pot, and then drips into the staying water. The sound of water echoing inside the pot sounded like a Koto (a kind of harp) being played. This is the origin of the name. It is a unique device in which reverberates an exquisite sound of the water in the earth.