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“The Way to the Moon” by Leonid Tishkov – Part Two on Yoshima

Probably the most beautiful new artwork of the Setouchi Triennale 2022 so far, Leonid Tishkov‘s fantastic series of installations called “The Way to the Moon” continues on Yoshima.

But first, if you haven’t read the post about the first part on Shamijima, go there first:

“The Way to the Moon” by Leonid Tishkov – Setouchi Triennale 2022 on Shamijima

Are you caught up? Good.

So, this year is the first time that art has been installed on the very peculiar island of Yoshima. Why peculiar? You’ll have to watch the video further down below to see why.

Not only Yoshima but also Nabeshima.

Nabeshima is a very tiny island, a big rock really. It’s not even an island anymore, as it’s been attached to Yoshima by a breakwater. Nabeshima’s claim to fame is its lighthouse which was designed by British civil engineer Richard Henry Brunton in 1872, when Japan had started its modernization, and that included building a series of lighthouses with the help of (mostly British) civil engineers and architects.


Unfortunately, the lighthouse is not in use anymore but the silver lining is that it could house a piece of art for the Setouchi Triennale.


One Cubic Meter of Space
Million Stars and One Star

“The “Way to the Moon” leads all the way to the Nabeshima Lighthouse. Inside the Lighthouse is “One Cubic Meter of Space” that contains a million stars.
In addition, the light of the lighthouse is also a star in itself. Should we ever go to the moon, we will witness the light of the lighthouse from the lunar surface. Indeed, there is nothing difficult about it. If we stand upon the thin red and green rays of light that shine from the lighthouse and venture out into the sky, we will find the moon ship waiting for us between the billowing waves of clouds.”


Unfortunately, I’m not even sure why, I only took one picture of the cubic meter of space. Maybe because I really was eager to go see the final part of the Way to the Moon, that is:


The Last Bus Stop on the Way to the Moon

It starts with this video (that also tells you a little bit about Yoshima):


“The “Way to the Moon” is a very long journey, and over the course of our lives we must change trains, or wait to board a bus that may be late from time to time. One hopes that this bus station in Urajo may be the very last stop for our astronaut friend. May he wait until the bus arrives, bid “farewell” to this imperfect world and set off to the moon.”





And finally, the bus arrived to take our cosmonaut to his final destination…






Thank you so much Leonid Tishkov for these wonderful pieces of art. They were so beautiful and poetic. I’m sad that they didn’t stay long, as by the time you’re reading these lines, the Spring session of the Setouchi Triennale 2022 has ended.

To tell you the truth, I returned to Shamijima yesterday to see it one last time. This means, there will be at least one more post (and a few random pictures) about it.


The summer session of the Setouchi Triennale 2022 will start on August 5th. Between now and then, I’ll try to show you the few other artworks that I saw during this Spring session (I didn’t see that many, I’m taking it easy this year, and I definitely avoided the crowds of Golden Week), and hopefully a few previews of the upcoming art this summer (a lot of new art debuts in the summer this year).

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1 thought on ““The Way to the Moon” by Leonid Tishkov – Part Two on Yoshima”

  1. Hi David and thanks for these posts about this beautiful work. I’m sad I won’t see it when I come to the autumn session. Of course there will be many other works to see by then but this one looks so beguiling. At least I’ve caught a glimpse through your photos and videos!

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