Mariko Mori

Journey to the Seven Light Bay/Primal Rhythm

2011 – present

HTML and web based media, layered acrylic and pigments, software

Revealed in November of 2011, Mariko Mori’s latest project seeks to create an environment where natural beauty combines seamlessly with technology. The first of what she is calling her ‘earth works’, Primal Rhythm is located in the scenic Seven Light Bay of Miyako Island, in Okinawa, Japan. Japanese culture places significant emphasis on the balance of masculinity and femininity, as seen in the well known symbol of Yin and Yang. The celestial and terrestrial are similarly compared, and marriage of the two is to achieve the ultimate balance. Mori crafted two structures for her outdoor installation, the Sun Pillar and the Tida Dome, or Moon Stone. The 14-foot Sun Pillar, erected on the surface of a large rock jutting out of the ocean, is made of layered acrylic, with various colors of pigment between each. The Moon Stone is a floating, egg shaped, acrylic sphere that has been programmed to change color according to the tide level. At high tide it is blue, and at low tide it is red, with five more colors in between. On any given day, the sunlight is refracted through the transparent Sun Pillar, illuminating it with color, while the Moon Stone glows according to the ebb and flow of the sea. But on the afternoon of the winter solstice, the sun strikes the pillar at just the right angle to cast a shadow directly onto the Moon Stone several yards behind it, symbolizing death becoming rebirth, male united with female, the “sacred marriage of the sun and moon.”  For Mori, Primal Rhythm is “a prayer for peace and harmony for every living being on earth.”

Digital Exhibition

 

Additional Sources:

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/news/2011-03-14/mariko-mori/

http://www.bullettmedia.com/article/mariko-mori/