By far one of the most inspiring parts of my trip was coming face to face with some stunning zen garden’s I came across in Kyoto. This is just one example of these fantastically designed structures inside one of the temple structures on the Philosopher’s Walk.
I am in awe of their form and meaning. They are very similar to what I have been doing, creating little snippets using materials that will not stay in the form forced upon them.
They resonate with me greatly because of the questions I’ve been asking of my work and examining the meanings I’m developing in this project.
on a day out and about in Itoshima I came across this fantastic sight. These hillsides covered in these concrete nets. I really enjoy the strenuous elements involved, the rock face looking as though it is putting a lot of force and manipulating the net like form over it.
Compressed natural elements using a compression mould. This is the same method I used on Sakurajima.
Closer to the summit the material appears a lot darker, sitting smoother and solid. A small chunk has fallen off. This image makes it feel bigger than it is, depicting its importance to me in my journey but as I constructed it, and filmed its creation you can see the huge trucks and other vehicles passing and reducing its magnitude to miniture proportions.
The peak of the volcano in the background and the huge quantity of the volcanic ash around the base