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iron powder, magnet, wood, metal, wheel

210×208×50 (cm)/83×82×20(inch) 2min loop video


Honen-in temple, Kyoto, Japan

This piece is inspired by the sand garden in the Buddhist temple, where I had exhibited this piece as well as the principle of the sect, which the temple belongs to. The brief principle is by keep chanting the Buddhist phrase, which consists of 6 Chinese characters, so that people can achieve the Buddhist enlightenment in the next life. In this piece a large kinetic instrument draws 6 lines using magnets and iron powder.Magnets move randomly and repeatedly and it expresses the imperfection of this world. It is also exhibited together with the video piece drawing eternal constant lines, which is contrary to the random lines and expresses the perfection, in other word, the Buddhist enlightenment.

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