135 cm x 145 cm x 200 cm Depth of well: 800 cm
Kiinagashima, Mie Prefecture, Japan
earth, ferro concrete, rebar, iron pigment, river sand, roots, rocks, LED light, pump and participants’ wishes
We were invited by the non-profit “A Piece of Cosmos” from December 19th, 2010 to January 9th, 2011 to do an artist in residency program. Upon visiting the sight prior to the residency we were impressed with the 100 year old well that was covered and could not be appreciated. We designed CAMINO as a project to rehabilitate the well.
CAMINO is a 2.5 ton soil cement sculpture surrounding Yugakutei’s well (Kiinagashima, Mie Prefecture, Japan). It was constructed between December 20th to December 31st, 2010. CAMINO was opened to the public on January 7th, 2011.
Living on site with our children allowed us the time to absorb the surrounding environment, including the local World Heritage sites of Kumanokodo. Here we collected stones, roots and inspiration to incorporate into our work.
CAMINO now surrounds the well. There are sound tubes and internal viewing holes for various ways to interact with the piece. There is an old school hand pump and a basin for the community to use and remember the importance of fresh pumped water. An internal LED light illuminates the well chamber at night. The stones that once covered the well now frame a small garden around CAMINO.