Artwork No. og02
Since the 2013 Setouchi Triennale, more people, hailing originally both from rural and urban areas, have been relocating to Ogijima. Many are families with children. The increasing number of kids led to the 2014 reopening of Ogi Elementary and Junior High School, followed by Ogi Nursery School in 2016. Both had been closed for a dozen or so years. The happy stories on the island keep on coming, as three babies were born during the 2017 school year and one more in 2018.
On the other hand, the island is still lacking in facilities for children. If there were a public place to hang out and play for children, the artists believe that it would add an additional flair and energy to life on the island, in combination with other facilities like restaurants and the Ogi Library that was started by relocated families and other local residents.
And although there are more children now, the island's population continues to get older, and Ogijima is losing its culture, such as octopus and Japanese Spanish mackerel fishing. To teach younger generations about the island's history and culture, the artist produced "Giant Octopus Jar," a work inspired by octopus fishing, painted a boat to reproduce the "Odorikomi" ritual to pray for a successful Japanese Spanish mackerel catch, and there will be a workshop on "Our Relationship with the Sea" during the Triennale. There are lots of fun activities planned. The artist also hopes to create a place for children to hang out and play that incorporates art, with an eye on toward the future of the island and its children.