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Art Setouchi – After the Triennale


As you know, the Setouchi Triennale 2013 ended about three weeks ago, but quite a number of artworks are there to stay more or less permanently. They will remain accessible for the next few months and even years.

Art Setouchi‘s official site has published a list of artworks that are still viewable. I’m giving you the list here with a few extra comments.

First of all, this list seems incomplete. Some artworks that I know to be permanent are not listed. Maybe it’s because they won’t be available again for a while? I especially think of some of the artworks on the “new” islands. For example, on Honjima, a good number of artworks were permanent by nature (buildings, garden, etc) however, they’re not on the list. I’m not exactly sure why. I’ll tell you as soon as I know.

Also, this list doesn’t imply that every artwork listed is available every day. They all have specific schedules, and actually a good number is closed right now, I assume that they will remain closed until Spring, as it was the case in 2011-2012. I’ll most likely post a new list, with schedules, in the Spring, when most artworks will be available.


Setouchi Triennale Autumn Flag

My attempt to recreate the Autumn Session poster.







  • Megi House
  • The Presence of Absence
  • Equipoise
  • Mecon
  • Oninoko Tile Project
  • Seagull Parking Lot / Parking Lot for seagulls
  • 20th Century Recall
  • Terrace Winds



I’m quite surprised to not see Air Diver listed. I had assumed that the work was there to stay. Also according to what Arthur Huang told me, his Houses of Light have been stored somewhere until 2016 (they wouldn’t resist to the external elements for three years. Arthur, if you’re reading this, can you confirm?). Finally, the P.S.S.40 project was maybe going to be permanent, but it has been dismantled for the best possible reason, as Ogijima’s school is going to reopen this Spring (I’ll tell you more about this in due time).



  • Maze Town – Phantasmagoric Alleys
  • Cradle of the Sea
  • Tsugi Tsugi Kintsugi
  • The Secret of Hanasuwajima
  • Fukutake House
  • Fukita Pavilion
  • Gift of the Sun
  • Tonosho Post Office Art Project
  • Shishigaki Island
  • Light of Shōdoshima
  • The Star Anger
  • The memorial garden of Sakae Tsuboi
  • Umaki Camp
  • Hut with Art Wall
  • Regent in Olives
  • Anger from the Bottom

Sunset House is not listed, but if I remember correctly, James Jack told me he’s going to make changes to it in coming months (work on the roof) so I guess it won’t be viewable for quite a while. I’m very surprised to not see Shōdoshima Community Art Project on the list. I was pretty convinced it was going to be permanent.



  • Art for the Hospital Project [Library, Sea Echo]
  • Blue Sky Aquarium
  • Café SHIYORU



  • Inujima Seirensho Art Museum
  • Inujima Art House Project/F,A,S,C,I-Art House
  • Seaside Inujima Gallery
  • Nakanotani Gazebo
  • Listen to the Voices of Yesterday Like the Voices of Ancient Times



  • Stratums
  • Shamijima Nishinohama beach house
  • Love Nine-legged race, LOVE



  • Departure
  • A Project of Signboards of Shikkui and Kote

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I’m pretty certain that some of the artworks on the island are permanent despite not being listed (New Port Masala Blue, In Desintegration and Regeneration, Zenkonyu and Tamping Earth).



  • Waiting Shelter at Suda Port

Same goes for Awashima, for example, the Sea Library has to be a permanent feature. How about Takamijima, not a single artwork is listed?



  • House of Toilet



  • Welcome / Funny Blue
  • Liminal Air -core-
  • Waiting for / Mr. Inland Sea
  • I’m here!
  • Araki Train

There too, where is Beautifully Abandoned? It has to be permanent.




That’s all for the list, I hope you’ll find it useful.

And now we’re ending this post with a small souvenir from the Setouchi Triennale 2013, my Art Passport and all of its stamps:


Setouchi Triennale - Art Passport - 1


Setouchi Triennale - Art Passport - 2


Setouchi Triennale - Art Passport - 3



6 thoughts on “Art Setouchi – After the Triennale”

  1. Hi David,

    Yes, as far as I know, the Houses for Light sculptures have been or will be taken down and put into storage. The plan is to reinstall the sculptures for the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. After almost 8 months sitting outside from Spring through Fall, the works held up quite well to the elements. The main concern was security since the sculptures are some of the smallest artworks on Ogijima and perhaps on the festival and with less foot traffic and routine visits, it would be hard to keep a steady eye on them.

    1. Hi Arthur,
      Thanks for the input. It’s true that the Houses of Light are also especially vulnerable to theft and voluntary damage. And while I can’t imagine who in their right mind would want to do that, if I remember correctly the one near the lighthouse was damaged last Summer, right?

  2. I’m glad Houses for Light will be back. Can’t wait to the future too.

    I’m really happy they are keeping Memory Bottle. I can’t wait to see that one again in 2016.

    I was under the impression that Distant Memory was going to be taken down due to its weathered state. I could be wrong though. I forgot exactly where I heard that, but I heard the artist was going to do something new. Unless they planned to just repair it.

    After your photos of the festival and seeing “No One Wins” on Teshima, I thought it would be permanent. Do you know if the basketballs will still be there? It was a fun exhibit and I’d love to go back again.

    Only 3 more years till I’m back exploring the islands. ^^

    1. Concerning Distant Memory I had heard the same thing (maybe I told you or you told me, I forgot), but when I visited it last October (after three years, I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it again before that), it didn’t seem in bad shape at all (now maybe it’s not apparent, not sure).

      No one wins is indeed permanent. You may have missed it on the list, it’s there.

      You know that you don’t have to wait three years to come back right? 🙂

      1. I read that No One Wins will remain. My question was, will the basketballs remain or will I have to bring my own? 😀

        I don’t have to wait, but to visit most of the islands, probably. I would go to Ogijima only, I think.

        1. I see. I guess the balls remain, the whole purpose of the piece is to interact with it. I’ll tell you next time I go (not before the spring I think).

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