Sea Gulls Parking Lot (Setouchi Triennale)

I have always enjoyed “Sea Gulls Parking Lot” by Takahito Kimura when I saw it in 2013.  It used to be 2 different artworks, “Sea Gulls Parking Lot” and “Parking Lot for Sea Gulls” but for 2016 they just combined them into a single piece.  This artwork is something that requires a friend to help as I love taking photos with these seagulls.  There are hundreds of them all along the wharf of Megijima’s main port and you can’t miss them.  As long as you have fun with it, you will enjoy it as much as I did and still do, but you may not enjoy it as it is pretty simple overall.

Sea Gulls Parking Lot

Sea Gulls Parking Lot

The seagulls themselves are really boring, but they are the permanent welcoming committee of the island.  The seagulls all line up along the wharf and they turn in the wind as they are nothing more than wind vanes.  In 2013, my friend was able to take several photos of me with the seagulls and I really loved them.  Most people want to take photos of them all lined up as it really does look like a flock of seagulls.  It is really difficult to take photos with them when you are alone but it can be done.  If you are willing to play with the seagulls, I feel they are willing to play with you too.

Sea Gulls Parking Lot

Sea Gulls Parking Lot

Don’t forget to look down at the sea wall when you are near “20th Century Recall”.  The wall itself is also moulded with a design that was originally “Parking Lot for Sea Gulls”.  I don’t know why they were different artworks 3 years ago but I agree that combining them into a single piece is a lot better and makes more sense as they go hand in hand.  Unfortunately I didn’t find “Parking Lot for Sea Gulls” to be that interesting compared to the sea gulls themselves.

Parking Lot for Sea Gulls

Sea Gulls Parking Lot

Sea Gulls Parking Lot

2013:  Come here my pretty…

2013:  I don’t know this guy…

2016:  3 years later, we are friends. 😉

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