Beat Shrine/Anger from the Bottom is a very cool artwork that really fascinated me. It was imagined and created by Kenji Yanobe and Beat Takeshi. The original concept was done by Beat Takeshi and the final result was created by Kenji Yanobe. There was also a little help from dot architects but I’m not exactly sure what they did to contribute to the shrine.
Anger from the Bottom is the original name of this artwork. It depicts a spirit that emerges from an old well to frighten people. In 2013, the spirit would pop up every so often and spew water into the well. It was as if it was throwing up the water that it was sitting in.
I’m not sure but I believe in 2014 they built a small structure to cover the artwork and help preserve it for the future. It turned the entire artwork into Beat Shrine. Beat Shrine is actually a play on Beat Takeshi’s name in Japanese with the kanji reading “美井戸神社” that can be translated into the Shrine of the Beautiful Well. I found it interesting that they created this shrine to Beat Takeshi and I wonder if he would like his spirit to manifest in this shrine when he passes away.
The structure itself is actually well made. It actually rises and falls according to the movement of the spirit in the well. It creates a nice cap to protect the artwork and I believe dot architects had a hand in designing and building this part of the project. Unfortunately during the 2016 Setouchi Triennale the spirit was always present so you couldn’t see the shrine go up or down.
I really like Beat Shrine/Anger from the Bottom. I wish I had more energy when I visited as I was exhausted from cycling all the way from Kusakabe in the summer heat. I don’t regret it as I was very happy with what I was able to see and I hope to revisit this artwork again in 2019 if time allows.