The newest commission work was released on April 2014. I installed my work on the wall in the entrance hall at the residential complex near the River Tama. I made my ceramic pieces by firing the original soil below the ground of the building.
The project was started to get the original soil at the construction site. I attended sedimenting work when they started the constructing on a cold and windy day in November 2012, unearthed the very smooth clay stratum at 2-3m below the ground.
First, I prepared 18 types of clays, including some samples mixed with other materials in the dug clay, and fired in 10 patterns of temperatures. I got 180 test pieces and choose 20 to make rectangle ceramic blocks for the wall in the entrance hall. (These could look like tablets ancient wrote cuneiform characters)
This building is located in the small ex-post town " Nakahara" (means the middle of the river field) on the old highway near The River Tama. The rainwater levigated and gathered the volcanic ash from Mt.Fuji from all over the west part of tokyo and the River Tama carried the small grains of ash and accumulated this clay stratum by the floodwaters proximately 2 million years ago. I think this process is similar to the development of " Nakahara" as a post town from small settlement.
Every town starts out as a small settlement. As people, goods, and information arrive from other places and accumulate in a complex manner, over a period of many years, the town develops its own unique character. Like the sand in a river, things comes from every area of the river basin, are carried beyond various borders by the current, and accumulate along the river to become part of the town.