Gate Art Competition


We solicited submissions of ideas for two gates as art works to decorate the entrance of the main venue. They are the first art works that visitors will come across in Kobe Biennale. Both of the two Grand Prize winning works had challenging plans to create new beauty of figurative art, but only their replicas will be exhibited in the Familio site in Kobe Harborland due to the change in the venue associated with the Great East Japan Earthquake. We also selected a work created in a spirit of hope for the recovery of the disaster-stricken areas as the winner of the Judges’ Special Award.

■Exhibition period
October 1 to November 23, 2011
■Exhibition place
Kobe Harborland (Main venue)
■Exhibition works
3 works
■Application total
22 works
■Judges (alphabetical order)
OOMORI Masao Professor, Graduate School of Kyoto Saga University of Arts / Executive Director, KOBE Biennale 2011
SAIKI Takahito President,Kobe Design University
TAKASUKA Masashi Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Saitama University
TAHO Ritsuko Professor, Department of Inter Media Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Tokyo University of Arts / Executive Director, KOBE Biennale 2011
YOSHIDA Hiromi Ikebana Artist / General Producer, KOBE Biennale 2011
■Judges' comments
We received 22 entries from various fields, and selected one work as a Judges' Special Award winner and two works as Grand Prize winners after conducting the first screening and the second presentation screening.

We selected a work titled "Hand Tree Project" as the winner of the Judges' Special Award . This is an interactive gate work incorporating the idea of an art project designed to bring together victims of the Tohoku Pacific Offshore Great East Japan Earthquake and visitors in Kobe. Kobe Biennale was originally held with the recognition that art and culture played a great role in facilitating recovery from the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. Given this background, all the judges agreed to grant a special award to the "Hand Tree Project" hoping that we could support the efforts for reconstruction of the areas damaged by the earthquake by implementing the project with the artwork serving as a "Gate to the Heart."

The Grand Prize winning "Geometrical Mist" projects an image of a misty landscape of natural phenomena by creating the geometrical beauty of elaborately structured Japanese cedar plates. Visitors will see a light transmission phenomenon, which changes as they look at the work from different angles.
Another prize-winning work, "Rainbow Gate," is a rainbow-colored layered wall structure that projects an image of steps toward a brilliant future, and visitors can enjoy going through an irregularly shaped hole bored on the wall. Both prizewinners' attempts to express the wonder of nature and create new structural beauty were highly evaluated.


Rainbow gate<br />Motohiko Tezuka Rainbow gate

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Motohiko Tezuka (Japan)

Geometrcal Mist<br />Takeshi Harikai Geometrcal Mist

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Takeshi Harikai (Japan)

Hand Tree Art Project<br />Tadashi Sakai Hand Tree Art Project

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Tadashi Sakai (Japan)