Otaru Art Project 2015 Japanese Style Writing Desk Grove as Freedom Symbol
--This art installation is created to express homage to the early 20th century`s Japanese scholars of literature who were suppressed for their innovative thoughts and ideas.--
The City of Otaru in Hokkaido where is northernmost of Japan has been loved by many historical scholars of literature. In fact, the city has been used as the background for many of their literary works.
At the beginning of the 20th century, proletarian literary scholars dreamed of obtaining freedom of speech and transparency in the society. They aggressively challenged the government for their rights to express their innovative thoughts and ideas through literature, although they were strictly prohibited from using written expressions in their literary works that could lead to the criticism of Japan’s government at the time.
Otaru Art Project 2015 exhibits art installation to pay tribute to the advanced scholars of literature who once lived as proletarian literary expressionists in the City of Otaru. The site of the project is in historical architecture: Hotel Vibrant Otaru, which was once the former Otaru Branch of the Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. constructed in 1923. The exhibition space is the original entrance lobby of this old bank.
This space is well-known for the fact that one of the most eminent "proletarian writers" in Japan, Takiji Kobayashi (1903~1933) worked there as a bank clerk. He was hiding in dressed as a bank clerk.
It is said that he died after being tortured by the police for his proletarian literary works at age 29.
--This art installation is a grove of 60 desks that stands 3.5 meters tall. --
The ranks of desk groves are set upped in this historical architecture entrance lobby, which measures 13 meters wide, 30 meters deep and 6 meters in height. Each desk grove was created with a Japanese style chair, measures 600 millimeters wide, 450 millimeters deep and 3500 millimeters tall. A total of 60 desks are placed in the entrance lobby. The exhibition is opening during 24th July to 9th Aug, 10:00 - 23:00, 2015.
Recycled wood is the main material of the desk groves. The reclaimed material was collected from sites within the city of Otaru where the exhibition is being held. The materials were free of charge and were once utilized as fittings such as doors of deserted houses, or salvaged draft timbers that were washed up ashore in the City of Otaru, etc.
The entrance lobby of this historical architecture has been transformed into an exhibition that connects the thoughts and ideas of the proletarian writers who were active at the beginning of 20th century to our present day. It can be said that this art installation serves as a "medium" to take a backward glance at the story and history this historical architecture possesses.
-Material: Recycled wood is the main material
-Size: 600 millimeters wide, 450 millimeters deep and 3500 millimeters tall
-Pieces: 60 desk and chair sets
-Exhibition space: 13 meters wide, 30 meters deep and 6 meters in height
- Exhibition location: The main lobby of historical architecture where is former Otaru Branch of the Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, Ltd. Constructed in 1923
-Exhibition Term: 24th July - 9th Aug, 10:00 - 23:00, 2015