Setouchi Triennale – Uno Art (2019)

Uno is a somewhat expansive area with artwork spread throughout the area.  The artwork is spread throughout the port area with the majority being in the old town district and the wharf area.  Uno doesn’t take a lot of time to enjoy the art, but it can take time to get to each piece.

un02 – Memory of Ship’s Hull

Memory of Ship’s Hull is another Atsushi Ozawa artwork but it has been in Uno for a long time.  It is a 2 part piece with one being near where the ferries dock and another near Chinu – the Black Sea Bream of Uno.  The piece near the dock is an old Japanese naval anchor and the one closer to Chinu is a giant propeller from an old Norwegian ship.  Both objects have other metal works welded to them and both pieces are painted black.  In 2013 it was pretty boring but in 2016, with nice vegetation around it, it was more interesting to me.

un03 – Beyond the last stop

Beyond the last stop is a very cool 2016 addition to the Setouchi Triennale by Atsushi Ozawa.  In 2013, there was a music artwork where you borrowed a small MP3 player and walked around listening to strange music and audio.  From 2016 they kept the same theme but created bicycles!  From the description, it seems that he took old bicycles, melted them down a bit and formed new ones with fun designs.  There are 10 of them and you can rent them for a day if you’d like.  It is 600 yen to rent them with a 2000 yen deposit.  It is probably the most interactive artwork of the Triennale.

un04 – Chinu – the Black Sea Bream of Uno

Chinu – the Black Sea Bream of Uno is a conscientious creation of Yodogawa-Technique.  Yodogawa-Technique is a duo that works on creating art from garbage found in local rivers.  Chinu is a very interesting artwork and something that must be seen up close.  I visited it in the 2013 Setouchi Triennale but for 2016 I decided not to visit it in person because of a large festival and time constraints.  I did see it from the ferry and it has evolved somewhat.  Because the artwork is exposed to the elements, Yodogawa-Technique had to return and fix some of the parts which made Chinu look different.  It was interesting to see and while I don’t regret skipping it, I do feel that I could have had a better feeling of the artwork if I had been closer to it.

un05 – JR Uno Port Line Art Project

JR Uno Port Line Art Project is an art project by Esther Stocker that transformed the old Uno Station building into a new artwork.  The project itself is set to convert a total of 4 stations on the Uno Line (Uno Station, Tsuneyama Station, Bizentai Station, and one more station to be announced).  I only had the luxury to enjoy Uno Station and while it is a lovely artwork, it didn’t really speak to me when I was there.  I thought it looked nice but nothing special.  The artwork is only on the exterior of the building and it would have worked a lot more if the entire station, interior and platform, was also in the same motif.

un08 – The Sea’s Memory

The Sea’s Memory by Haruyuki Uchida is a pretty standard artwork and it doesn’t really seem to fit in with the other artwork of Uno or the Triennale.  It looks like something that can be anywhere, and it is located a good distance from the port.  After the 10 minute walk to the park that has the artwork, I was let down by it until I got up close.  The shiny wedge on a rock pedestal was far more interesting than I thought it would have been.  You really have to get up close to it to appreciate it, but it still didn’t seem to fit in with the festival.

New for 2019

  • un06 – Uno Port “Train Ferry Town” Project / Ferry Photo Contest
  • un07 – IN TRANSITION/IN PROGRESS by Mischa Kuball


The above is my own personal review of the art I have seen in Uno.  If you want to be surprised by the art, I recommend that you do not read more than what is written here.  Longer descriptions will be published over time and will be linked at a later time.  Please keep an eye on my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for information when they go live.  Photos may also give away part of the art, but in this post, they are minimal.  Spoiler alerts in individual posts will be given when it is necessary for you to enjoy the art for the first time.  If you will not be going to the Setouchi Triennale, feel free to follow the links and read everything and enjoy it as best as you can.