5 x 5 x 4 ft.
  mirror, motor, pulley, belt, steel, LED light, haze machine,mixed media
  W: 152 D: 152 H: 122(cm)
Exhibition views "Meets ART",Hakone Open-Air Museum(2014)


Machine which make Komorebi

Walking in a forest on a sunny day. You can see the line of sunlight filtering through trees and leaves. It is called Komorebi in Japanese. It is comfortable to be in Komorebi and it feels like you’re communing with a sacred time.
“Parabola” is a device that extracts visual elements of Komorebi from natural phenomenon. Komorebi requires natural sunlight and it is an incidental phenomenon of light playing through branches and leaves. To me, this work is like putting a potted plant in a room. In this modern society, people are no longer surrounded by natural green. I think one of the main reasons that people decorate their rooms with a small potted plant is because is to have a temporary comfort from greenery, even though the experience is completely removed from nature.
Once on a winter day, I drove down a street lined with ginkgo trees. Usually the trees make the street beautiful, but that day I felt the street looked really sad. And a thought crossed my mind. “What if those trees were human beings?” Imagine that human beings are lined up in equal intervals, solely to make a street view better--unable to chat with anybody, and staying put on rainy, windy days. Since that day, I’ve not been able to appreciate trees lining streets. They’re even hideous to me.
Nevertheless, potted plants and street trees can be beautiful. They make our life colorful and bring some freshness, even though they are produced by humans. “Palabora” is simply a gimmick that tries to duplicate the experience of Komorebi in a room. How will you experience this artificial light: as a hideous product of a human being’s ego or as a beautiful phenomenon?