2015 / Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Kotsunagi, Japan / Installation / Community project

There is an 800-year-old cedar tree in the Kotsunagi village. Eight hundred shirts were donated by the surrounding communities. The sleeves of each shirt were sewn by hand and filled with local soil to become a container for the land. They were used to create a field of sleeves with three figures facing in the direction of the cedar tree. The shirt represents the body of the worker, the rice-farmer and the soil is the land that they have worked for generations.

Photo credit: Gentaro Ishizuka / Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Rebecca Belmore