Kappa Garden is an installation created at Boundary Crossings Hybrid Media Studio at the PNCA in Portland, Oregon in July 2009. It has been installed three times - twice in Portland and at Nuit Blanche 2010 in Montreal.
here is the artist statement:
Kappa are mercurial Japanese water spirits. They have a passion for cucumbers and sumo wrestling, but are notorious for kidnapping and drowning small children and horses. Not wholly bad, these tricksters may help humans who extract promises from them. Bowing to a kappa is one way to overcome them. Due to their excellent manners they cannot help but reciprocate and thus will spill, from their bowl-shaped heads, the liquid that sustains them on land.
In Kappa Garden, we find the spirits at play. Here hybridity and boundary-crossing rule as these creatures—both animal and spirit, fool and fooler—frolic amidst the sand|water setting inspired by traditional Japanese Zen gardens. The anamorphic animations projected onto the ground and reflected in the mirrored cylinders transform space, complicating and revealing the contingent nature of representation as the kappa change with each viewer’s angle of view.