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.
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.