2000 Waraji 200 Feet

  • Client
    Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial
  • Discipline
    Public Art
  • Scope
    Design and production
  • Materials
    Copper, steel, cotton rope, snow bleached mulberry paper
  • Year
  • Location
    Urada, Niigata, Japan
  • Photography
    Courtesy of artists
  • Team
    Heidi Axelsen, Hugo Moline, Nathan Hawkes
  • Status
2000 Waraji 200 feet dwells between ancient tradition and everyday realities. It is a gathering of impressions which find form in both a hand-crafted book and a hut in the landscape. Each copper shingle that forms the roof and the walls of the hut is cut into the shape of a Waraji sandal. We are inviting people to use the copper shingles to make an etching of their own everyday footwear. The etched shingle will be printed and included in a book documenting the drawings of the community and all the buildings components in printed form. The impression of the shoes of the contemporary community upon the form of the ancient Waraji explores the tensions between the products and influence of a global culture and the preservation of a unique, local cultural heritage. This work was commissioned by 2015 Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial and the outcome of artist in residency at Australia House from 2013-2105. For more detail see process blog: http://www.2013-2015airaustraliahouse.net