The Story of Re-creating Walls

The Story of Re-creating Walls 2017

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In 2011, about 20.000 people had been killed by huge tsunami in northeast Japan.

A seawall which is 400 km long has been built against upcoming tsunami there.

Nobody can see the sea anymore because the seawall is 10-20m high.

While asking what they think about the seawall and what kind of future they want, the residents who live in the town where the wall recreate the town for town they want by photoshop.

壁を変えた話 (2017)

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そんな壁が完成しつつある町の住人たちに、防潮堤のことをどう思っているのか? どういう未来を望むのか? そんな話を聞きながら、フォトショップで自分の望む街に作り変えてもらう作品。

Revitalization projects following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake are ongoing in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Working together with the people of the coastal areas of Miyagi prefecture, this project ask questions pertinent to Japan post 3/11; “What is restoration?” and “How can mankind co-exist with nature?”.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused around 20,000 deaths, a national project was launched to build a 400 kilometer long wall that could protect the coast from the force of a tsunami. The government-led project began hastily without discussion. The breakwater reaches up to 6 to 20 meters in some places, and once the wall is completed, all views of the ocean will be lost. Some members of the community want to preserve the ocean view, while others want to be rid of it. The different opinions within the community are conflicted, and have led to disputes. This project began with research into this massive breakwater that is currently under construction. Kyun-Chome asked to interview residents in areas that will have exceptionally high walls, and in the process, aimed to digitally recreate their home city in the form that was ideal for them.

A woman who lost her mother in the tsunami spoke of her determination to live alongside the ocean, and her desire to erased the wall. A man who lost his home spoke of how the restoration projects have made the city better than before the earthquake, and proposed a better breakwater design. A woman who only just survived the tsunami said she was afraid of the ocean but that she would still miss the view, and added windows in the concrete walls.

By visualizing the restoration plans through a manual process alongside members of the community, the discussion went beyond, “The good and bad of the restoration process”, and both shared and individual connections with the sea and memories of the earthquake were brought to light. On the monitor screen, the seashore was converted into a sight that nobody had seen before.