“Madeleine, la beauté de la nostalgie”

Work of art site specific on mountain Hachiman
Painted iron,rusty sheets, nylon
Biwako (Japan)

Next to Lake Biwa, the largest in Japan, on the slopes of Mount Hachiman, the oldest part of the city of Omihachiman, the one trapped between the concrete and the river, suspended between ‘state of museum’ and ‘abandonment’, awakens . Every two years, in fact, the installations and performances of artists from all over the world revive the moss and stones of the decadent courtyards in style, the tatami mats and the recesses of the low wooden buildings of the Edo era crowded with curious visitors and the barrels of the old sake factories are the background.

The green and sacred Hachimanyama, with its about 1000 meters of difference in height marked by a dense pristine forest, interrupts the flat lake horizon.

The funicular, incessant issuance of Japanese sub-backgrounds, facilitates the ascent to the summit and increases the tourist attraction.

At the top the Shinto temple with its low architectures is articulated along paths that are sometimes impervious, camouflaging itself in nature.

At the top of Mount Hachiman, we find the sacred forest, where I had the honor of being able to realize my site-specific installation

“Madeleine, la beauté de la nostalgie”, A trace of the past.

A deep crack like a wrinkle described by time, rusty and aged, causes nostalgic memories. The painful desire to return to what is no longer dense in memory, while the current track marks the air and light to describe the sacredness of the Hachiman mountain.