Artwork No. 012
Art House Project "Gokaisho"
Gokaisho (literally, “place to play go”) was constructed on the remains of building where islanders used to gather to play the game of go. Facing a garden where a five-colored camellia grows is a Japanese-style room with camellia flowers strewn on the floor, but closer inspection reveals that what look like real flowers are instead skillful wood carvings. The work was inspired by painter Hayami Gyoshu’s Falling Camellia.
Art House Project
The Art House Project restores traditional Naoshima houses, temples and shrines and transforms them into art spaces. Located in a ‘living’ district, they are interwoven with memories of a time when these dwellings were homes. The project began in 1998, and seven buildings are currently open to the public.