The Sea’s Memory is an artwork by Haruyuki Uchida that really surprised me. In photos, the artwork really didn’t look interesting but because it was new for 2016, I really wanted to see it. I also wanted to get out from the wharf area of Uno so I took the opportunity to visit The Sea’s Memory. Unfortunately it is a 10 minute walk from the ferry port, so do plan your time accordingly.
When I arrived in the park where The Sea’s Memory is located, I was happy to almost be the only one there. I had to wait a bit while another group of Triennale visitors finished with the artwork before I could really take photos of it. Thankfully the artwork is not well visited so it was easy to take my time to enjoy it.
When looking from afar, The Sea’s Memory is not really interesting. It is just a “steel” boat on top of a rock. I would later learn that the boat itself is made of titanium and perhaps this is what made it interesting. The boat actually looks more like a crescent moon and that’s how I interpreted it. I imagined it as a shining moon in the middle of the park. I also didn’t know that there is sea water inside the object, but I cannot confirm that it is true as I couldn’t get on top or high enough to knock on the structure to see if it was true.
The titanium boat was my favourite part of the piece. From afar it looks smooth but when you get close you can see various indentations in the sheet. These indentations really add to the mystery of the object and the polished metal is a perfect mirror. When looking at the object from every angle, from the side to directly underneath, you get a different view. I really enjoyed how the surroundings reflected off of the mirror finish and how it played with my camera; all of my photos were interesting.
I’m not sure if I will ever return to The Sea’s Memory in the future. If I have a lot of time, I may return but there are a lot of other artworks that deserve my time and energy so a second visit may not happen in the distant future. I think it is well worth a visit but you really need an imaginative mind to really appreciate it. If you think time is a problem, you may want to skip it, but if you are renting a bicycle to explore the area, The Sea’s Memory is a fun place to visit and even possibly have lunch.
- The Sea’s Memory (Official Setouchi Trienalle Site)