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Typhoon Hagibis


stone, glass, copper printing on paper

Dimension variable



In October 2019, Typhoon Hagibis, the largest typhoon in the history of the region, hit the Kanto area of Japan. The town of Saruhashi in Otsuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture, where the artist was working in residence at the time and planned an exhibition, was similarly damaged, with the Chuo Railway Line, Chuo Expressway, and other routes from urban Tokyo half destroyed. The damage to the Katsura River, in particular, was so severe that the water around Saruhashi Bridge visibly increased and swelled up, engulfing everything in its path.
In a single day, the once calm Katsura River changed its appearance, and its route changed dramatically.
The artist's experience of the instantaneous transformation of the natural topography of the river led her to create a sculpture that traces the shape of the river before and after the rise of the water, as well as stones collected from the Katsura River. Drawings made during the research were also exhibited.
Katsura River... Fed by Lake Yamanaka, the river collects water from the northern foot of Mt. Fuji, empties into Lake Sagami, and continues to Kanagawa and Sagami Bay. Its upper reaches show landforms related to the eruptions of Mt. Fuji.
Archaeological remains and earthenware from the Jomon period have been found in this area, whose topography was carved by the Katsura River, which flows from the ranges of Mt. Fuji. The fish brought in by the Katsura River were suitable for hunting, and people made a living alongside it.
2019 年 10 月、史上最大規模の台風「ハギビス」が関東を襲った。 当時作者が滞在制作をしており、展示を企画した場所、山梨県大月市猿橋も同様に中央線や中央高速など都心からのルートが半壊するなどの被害を受けた。こと桂川においてはその被害が甚大で、猿橋周辺は目に見えて水量が増し、あたりのものを巻き込んで大きく膨らんだ。

Photo: Artist

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