Arts & culture
Art in all corners of the island
As a result of the Setouchi Art Triennale event that is steadily gaining recognition around the world, Teshima is littered with artworks by both local and international artists, some permanent and others that come and go, giving the island an interesting transient feel.
The main attraction on the island, as far as art goes, is the Teshima Art Museum, which is without a doubt one of Japan’s most intriguing art pieces. The brilliant-white concrete structure is situated among a landscape of green forest and terraced rice-fields, overlooking the ocean below. Two large openings in the structure allow visitors to experience the light and sounds of nature in a calm, cool and quiet space. Droplets of water rise from the ground adding an unusual dimension and encourage interesting stimulation.
Other noted art pieces on the island include “Les Archives du Coeur” by French artist Christian Boltanski where one can record their own heartbeat and listen in on other peoples’ and “Teshima Kitchen”, which doubles as a place to eat, operated by a team made up of local women who have been trained by some of Tokyo’s top chefs.
Various other installations and temporary artworks can be found scattered across the length and breadth of the island, some by the roadside, others hidden away waiting to be discovered purely by accident.
(Source: Japan Travel by NAVITIME)