Sora-Ami:Knitting the Sky by Yasuaki Igarashi is a beautiful artwork that is a set of colourful fishing nets that just float in the air. The original artwork, I believe, was created for the 2013 Setouchi Triennale and it returns every time. I was struck by the artwork in how simple it was and yet how beautiful and elegant it is.
Sora-Ami is a collection of fishing nets that take up a huge space. It occupies a large area of the beach and while it takes up a lot of space, due to the nature of the net it also doesn’t. It seems to float in its location and it gets picked up by the wind and flutters around like a plastic bag caught in the wind. It can be pretty therapeutic to just watch the net float around. The colours are also beautiful to look at and it seems to just float in and out of existence as depending on the angle the net tends to disappear into the sky.
In 2013, EAT&ART TARO had a special island soup that I bought and it was nice to enjoy it on the beach while enjoying Sora-Ami. If I didn’t spend time to just relax and eat while I was there, I doubt that I would have enjoyed it as much. Having time to enjoy the artwork is necessary as it just helps take away any concerns you have.
- Sora-Ami: Knitting the Sky” on Shamijima (Setouchi Explorer)