Post Industrial Meditation Park

 

Nakasato, Japan

Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial

Park

Completed 2003

The park is situated in Nakasato village valley, known in Japan for its high quality of rice.

The site is a gentle slope between the rice fields and Kuramata river. Entering the park from the driveway, the visitor starts slowly descending in between rusting iron walls gradually forming spaces and framing views.

Inside the park are places to play, to gather and to reflect. The whole forms an iron vessel, with a floor of river bottom gravel. Viewed from a distance, the rusty steel walls become another terrace in the rice paddy dyke system.