Life Balancer no.01

  17 x 5 x 11.5 ft.
  steel, FRP, plant, soil, mixed media
  W: 520 D: 150 H: 350(cm)

This is a balance to measure the weight of life. Select flora based on the history of the location. One pot has oriental plants and the other one has western plants. The balance changes with the daily rain, wind, and growth of the trees.

[The Botanical history of Mt. Rokko]
In the past, the foot of Mt. Rokko was covered with broad-leaved forests of chinquapin and oak, while deciduous broad-leaved trees such as beech and mizunara oak were endemic to the summit area. In the Edo period (1603-1867), however, the area was devastated by logging and forest fires, and in the late Edo period (1603-1868), due to develop of the Port of Kobe, the area became a bald mountain, resulting in an increase in landslides. Sensing the danger, in 1895 (the 28th year of Meiji), the area was reforested for the purpose of flood control, and has since been restored to a mountain rich in nature with more than 1,700 species of plants growing wild.

However, the background to this change was probably influenced by the 1858 Japan-U.S. Treaty of Amity and Commerce, or the so-called "Treaty of Inequality". Under the unequal treaties, foreign residents of Rokko were encouraged to develop resorts in order to make the mountain more livable for them. It is undeniable that they played a part in the greening project, as it would not be feasible for the resort area to remain a bald mountain. In doing so, the forests of England, Germany, and the U.S., which were their hometowns, may have served as a model to some extent. In this way, it is assumed that the introduction of non-native species led to the formation of today's diverse natural environment.

Eventually, Japan's international value was reevaluated after victories in the Sino-Japanese War and other conflicts, and in 1899 the unequal treaties were resolved and the foreign settlement was returned to Japan. After that, the public and private sectors began to develop Mt. It is ironic that the unequal treaties laid the foundation for Mt. Rokko to become a tourist attraction, and the nature that once existed there has been restored.
This is also the case in Yokohama, Hakone, Hakodate, and other foreign settlements in Japan.

I named the broadleaf forests "Oriental forests" and the coniferous forests "Western forests”, and put two forests on the life balancer.






Exhibition views "Rokko meets ART 2013"