On Ogijima, A Mural of Island Life by Oscar Oiwa Painted Inside a Shigeru Ban Structure

Every three years, Naoshima, Teshima and ten other islands including Megijima, Ogijima and Shodoshima play host to a collection of installations and artists for the Setouchi International Art Triennale. 2022 marks the 12th anniversary of the art festival and the summer season just kicked off today, August 5th. While many of the permanent installations remain up (but not all of them), the islands continue to add new site-specific artworks and one of those is a collaboration between Brazilian-Japanese artist Oscar Oiwa and architect Shigeru Ban.

Oiwa and Ban have collaborated on the Ogijima Pavilion, a permanent installation on the island of Ogijima. Black and white drawings by Oiwa depicting ocean and island life adorn the windows and wall of renovated structure, which was built by Ban using his signature recycled cardboard tubes.

Several of the windows open up to create overlapping seascapes, which can be viewed in the video below (at the 2:30 mark).

Oscar Oiwa previously participated in the Setouchi Triennale when he created drawings inside an inflatable dome. “With a large art festival like this, it brings media coverage and attracts a considerable number of tourists to the region, which helps develop the local economy,” explains Oiwa. For this year, “my idea was to create a small pavilion where people can enjoy the Setouchi seascape and appreciate my artwork.”

The summer season of the Setouchi Triennale runs from August 5 – September 4th.


  1. David in Setouchi

    August 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

    I hope you get to see it in person soon.
    It’s worth it (I’m privileged, got to see it twice already, including before it was finished 🙂 )

  2. Beautiful!

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