Stratums, by Tanya Preminger, is a fun artwork that has been around since 2013. It was built for the 2013 Setouchi Triennale and has been there ever since. I was lucky enough to be able to visit it back in 2013 but it was completed just in time so I couldn’t fully appreciate it as it was intended. In 2016 I attended the summer edition of the Triennale so it was unfortunately not worthwhile for me to visit Shamijima, the location of Stratums, at that time.
Stratums is a very playful artwork that is basically a large berm of earth with a double helix of ramps leading to the top of a cone shaped pyramid. It is a child’s delight as they can run up and down while screaming at the top of their lungs. Being located in a park I can imagine that children really loved this artwork.
Back in 2013, I arrived after they recently finished it. The problem with the spring edition is that a lot of artworks are still being worked on and sometimes they are late. Summer is a better season as things are more complete. In 2013, Stratums was still nothing more than a dirt mound and the grass had barely started growing on it. I have seen photos of it with lush grass on the side and it did look much better, although running up to the top was still a lot of fun whether you are a little or big kid.