Green Art Competition
The competition solicits entries of art works using living plants as materials or motifs. We received a great variety of plans, including one in which a plant itself plays a role of a receptor that responds to the human mind and one that keenly reflects the social circumstances of modern society. This year’s event, the 2nd in the series, will be held in an open space in commercial facilities, with seven prize-winning works displayed in passageways.
- ■Exhibition period
- October 1 to November 23, 2011
- ■Exhibition place
- Kobe Harborland CANAL GARDEN１F
- ■Exhibition works
- 7 works
- ■Application total
- 33 works
ISHIHARA Kenichirô Director, Hyogo Parks and Horticulture Association Director-General, Community Center for Garden and Greenery Promotion OOMORI Masao Professor, Graduate School of Kyoto Saga University of Arts / Executive Director, KOBE Biennale 2011 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 of KOBE Biennale 2011 WAKUI Shiro Landscape architect Professor, Tokyo City University
- ■Judges' comments
This competition solicits submissions of art works using living plants that still have their roots as media. This year’s event started as a project unique to Kobe Biennale that seeks to explore the potential of art, following the one held in 2009. This year, we made a change in application requirements at the last minute from a display in the interior of a container to a display in an open space, which apparently prompted some applicants to come up with different ideas and made others feel confused. In the end, however, 33 entries were submitted.
The entries offered diverse ideas, including one that not only views greenery as an object to appreciate but also uses flowers and green leaves as media to reflect the human mind, and also one that sensitively reflects the circumstances of modern society. We have an impression that despite the last-minute change in application requirements, the entries are rich in variations with improvement in the level of each work.
Many of the prize-winning works -- such as a hands-on space work enjoyable for children also, a work created through collaboration between a landscaper and an image artist, a work which reproduces thatched roofing as art, and a work designed to give a plant a didactic role -- are difficult to categorize, and it was hard to rank them. As a result, seven works were selected, one entry more than planned.
“Green Art” is a new approach and seems to have produced some results in the works submitted this year regarding the relationship between space and plants. However, we are looking forward to the further evolution of such works as those which make use of the characteristics of living plants as media along their timeline and those which use them as media to reflect the human mind.