Mt. Dan Archaeological Site (2016 Setouchi Triennale)

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site was a fun and playful artwork by Hiroko Kubo that played on the imaginary tale about Mt. Dan.  Mt. Dan Archaeological Site is located at the base of Mt. Dan and consists of 3 artworks.  You could have seen a pair of blue feet, a red head, and a white wild boar.  It doesn’t sound very interesting but I went there it was very fun to play with the structures.

Mt.Dan Archaeological Site

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

All 3 of the structures were pretty big.  The basic design was a steel tube frame with a wire mesh to create the shape of each object.  This was then covered in coloured string to create the image that Hiroko Kubo wanted.  I am unsure of the actual imaginary tale that was mentioned but I assume it is something that the locals have been passing down from generation to generation.  I am very curious to hear this story but I wasn’t able to find more information about it.

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

My personal favourite sculpture was the head.  It was a large head, possibly about 4 meters tall.  It was red and you can enter from the base.  It was located across the street from the parking lot but the bright red string called me.  I could easily play with that sculpture and try to take several photos but it wasn’t as easy as I had thought.

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

The boar attracted a lot of attention and it appeared to be the centrepiece of the exhibit.  I did like the boar but it was not as interesting as the red head.  The boar was well formed but I didn’t really think it was as great as the other two.  It was white and average compared to the red head and the playful feet.  I do think it was a great sculpture but I feel it was somewhat lost between the other two and didn’t really have a special spark that made me like it even more.  I was still amazed by it and still enjoyed it a lot.

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

Inside the Boar

Next to the wild boar was a pair of blue feet.  These were huge feet, as if they were from the gods.  It didn’t look really good from the outside but they did stick out with the bright blue string.  I didn’t care much for the outside but when I was inside I had a blast.  I didn’t really think much about it but it was and interesting viewpoint to be inside the feet and just imagine what it would be like to be stuck inside as if you were inside a Power Ranger zord.

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site

Inside a Foot

Mt. Dan Archaeological Site is a great outdoor exhibit.  I believe was taken down as it was unlikely to survive the elements beyond the Triennale.  I think it was something that needed a bit of time to really have fun to enjoy.  It is pretty easy to just see it from the road, take a few photos, and then just take off.  However, I really think you needed to get up close and personal with the artwork as they are very interactive, and those are the types that I love the best.  Hopefully it will return in 2019.

Note:  Mt. Dan Archaeological Site is no longer available on Shodoshima.

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