Ryo Yamada's latest installation in Sapporo, Japan took a wide-angle view of a typical 'landscape'.
Explaining his latest art installation, Ryo Yamada notes that the term ‘landscape’ usually ‘refers to horizontal scenery. But the word also includes air and sunlight, and that’s why I’ve called my work Vertical Landscape.’ Recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sapporo, Japan, Yamada’s installation increased visitors’ awareness of wind and sunlight, simple things that many people with busy lives tend to take for granted.
A total of 29 rectangular columns made from translucent synthetic netting of the type used to protect vegetation hung from a roof of netting that spanned the museum’s outdoor courtyard. In front of the museum, another 28 columns hanging from panels of netting were also open to the sky. The soft pillars swayed in the breeze while sunlight played on the netting, causing a gentle glisten, a radiant reflection or even a dazzling glare.
‘Nowadays, our understanding of nature is mainly scientific. We calculate wind speed in metres per second and temperatures in degrees Celsius,’ Yamada says. ‘But, like a Buddhist mind, nature never has the same figure or shape. With this work, I would like people to realize that the environment around us is changing every second.’