04-10-2006

Moerenuma Park, Isamu Noguchi. Sapporo, 1988 - 2005

Isamu Noguchi,

Japan,

urban park, Landscape,

Retraining,

Isamu Noguchi could intuitively understand the strength and potential of a site, even if it had been totally abandoned, and even when the use of the site - if any - was as a dump for the wastes generated by urban society.



Moerenuma Park, Isamu Noguchi. Sapporo, 1988 - 2005 The first episode in this narration of sculptural events is Moere Mountain, a 62 metre artificial mountain which even appears on topographical maps: people go skiing and tobogganing on it in winter. Beyond the mountain is Hidamari, a glass pyramid.
Hidamari means sunny place. It is like a winter garden containing shops, restaurants, exhibition spaces and viewpoints. Going on, we come to the 25 metre high Sea Fountain, and then Play Mountain, designed in 1933 for a public project which was never built. Next comes Tetra Mound, a hill topped by a pyramid of steel pipes, each 13 metres long and 2 metres in diameter.
The park has something for children too: the Forest of Cherry Blossoms is a large playground. "Sculptures are to be felt with kids' bottoms", Noghuci used to say. In short, sculptures for children too, cherry-coloured sculptures to touch, sit on and play with.
Moerenuma Park has finally become reality. Noguchi had identified the most appropriate use for the site. "The whole park is a sculpture", the master used to say when he was working on the park, making a "discarded" site into an extraordinary voyage through emotions and surprises.

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