I’ve already told you about Bunpei Kado a few weeks ago, as he was working on his Dreaming Boat project at Bengal Island. However, I hadn’t told you about his work on Ogijima yet. Let’s do this today, shall we?
So, like many other on Ogijima, Air Diver is an artwork located in an abandoned house. This house is located a bit apart from the rest of the village and it gives on a wonderful view of the Seto Inland Sea and Takamatsu (yes, on can see Takamatsu from this side of the island).
A little bit like Dreaming Boat (both works kinda respond to each other), Air Diver consists in a series of elements attached on top of metal stems, as if they had grown from the other objects. And if in Dreaming Boat we have small boats sprouting from a shipwreck, in Air Diver, the elements that grow from the usual objects of the house recreate the whole area, including islands and boats. But a few pictures will be better than a description, won’t they?
Here are the other pictures (as usual with galleries, just click on a picture to see it full size and then you can navigate using the arrow keys.
Please note that last April, when most of those pictures were taken, it was possible to walk all over the room in the middle of the installation (which allowed me to take some of the close ups you see above). However, for my second visit in August, it was not possible anymore. I suspect that a clumsy person (I can’t imagine that they had bad intentions) has bumped into the work and possibly damaged it or something like that.
And, by the way, it seems obvious to me, but apparently it needs to be underlined; when you visit the different locations and installations of the Setouchi Triennale, please respect the rules (no touching here and there, no walking here and there, no pictures at times), the local population and be mindful not to break or damage anything. This summer too, one of the shōji (paper wall) at Onba Café was damaged, the worst part being that the guilty ones left before it was noticed and didn’t say anything. What a shame!
Air Diver by Bunpei Kado is the artwork number 53 of the Setouchi Triennale 2013.
During sessions, it’s open every day from 9am to 4.30pm. As usual, if you have an Art Passport, the first visit is free, subsequent ones will cost you 200 yens. If you don’t have an Art Passport, admission fee is 300 yens. Off-sessions, the work is accessible on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and admission fee is 300 yens. I suspect that it is there permanently.