The Tohoku Artist Caravan Brings Art Back to Tsunami-Ravaged Landscapes
Artist collective TokyoDex is looking for a fresh way to bring aid to the Tohoku region, nearly two years after the devastating 3/11 earthquake and tsunami wiped out much of the region. With physical cleanup efforts nearly finished, the Tohoku Artist Caravan plans to gather artists from around Japan to bring art back into the landscape.
The caravan is set to kickoff in Karakuwa, a small town on the eastern side of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture. “One of the most striking comments we heard when visiting Karakuwa was about the ‘impenetrable gray’ that has pervaded the landscape since the disaster,” says D.H. Rosen, the project’s director. The team will paint murals on buildings and tsunami walls, and the kickoff celebration will feature a taiko ensemble.
By crowdfunding the project the Tohoku Artist Caravan hopes to get an international audience involved and bring the media spotlight back to Tohoku. An interactive website will allow users to track the caravan in real time as it moves across Japan.
Trending this week
- How a TV show inadvertently made a miraculous historic discovery
- 3D ice cubes let your scotch cool down in style
- Creative Chocolate Ideas from Japan
- The Secret World of Japanese University Cafeterias
- Tatsuo Horiuchi | the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist
- Residence of Daisen | A house designed to fit in between the gaps of trees