Plaza de Sora
Plaza de Sora
2m x 2m x 1.5m
Tokoname Onizaki Yacht Harbor, Tokoname City, Aichi, Japan
August 9th to September 9th, 2000
We made Plaza de Sora for an International Sculptors’ Symposium in Tokoname.
With only a month to build, dry, and fire our work, we choose to avoid the sweltering heat and work at night while the summer temperatures simmered and our infant son slept in our van.
Five nights and three tons of clay later the structure was complete. We painted the piece with black and white engobe, and left it to dry for a week. Homemade kerosene lamps were placed in holes below the piece to encourage internal drying, while a kiln of recycled bricks was built around half of the height of the plaza.
We fired the work for ten days using six tons of recycled wood.
Once it was completed, the piece was carefully moved by crane, and donated to the city of Tokoname.
We titled this piece "Plaza de Sora" thinking that Sora, our son, would enjoy a place to play outside and still be inside.
Destroyed June 30th, 2004
Midnight vandalism and lack of communication from the city office, lead to the unnecessary destruction of Plaza de Sora. This experience taught us many invaluable lessons both technical and social. We learned the importance of structure, of high fire, and of involving the community in the creation of public art.
As they say in Spanish: "No hay mal que por bien no venga" (There is nothing bad for which something good doesn`t come). The following year we were introduced to a new site to reconstruct Sora`s Plaza, with space for his little sister. The new piece was entitled: "Plaza de Sora and Alba".