Water Ekiden, Manosegawa River Art Project
The Manosegawa River, with an overall length of about 26km, flows across the south of Kyushu Island into the East China Sea. Four local communities located along the Manosegawa River and its branches collaborated on a river art project directed by Ichi Ikeda. For many, this was their first collaborative experience reaching beyond district boundaries. According to the artist, "An artwork functions something like a magnifying lens. Through this special lens, you can see what you have never been aware of before: the inherent stories of the land, new views of the landscape, intercommunication between humans and nature, etc." Artists and people from the area worked together to create a desirable combination of what's known as Commonality and Inherency over a two month period.
The projects were presented as: "Water Ekiden Project in league with people in the basin" and "Network for producing water - essential for the future earth." The River was likened to the railway, and four water stations were constructed to represent the different water situations of each district; water from the heaven (rain), water from the earth (spring water), water for daily life (purified water), water for agriculture (irrigation water). Each Water Station provided a starting point for the Water Ekiden and asked visitors, "What kind of water can you carry to people living on the future earth?" The Committee members of the Manosegawa River Art Project talked about their own expectations, "These artworks, we hope, will encourage people to have more positive interest in water problems, volunteerism and exchanges between communities."
Water Station - 'For the Heaven'
Water Station-'For the Earth'
Water Station-'For the Human'
Water Station-'For the Water'
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