Primal Rhythm

Sun PillarMoonstone  |   Miyako Island, Okinawa, Japan

 
© Faou Foundation Mariko Mori Sun Pillar (2011)

© Faou Foundation Mariko Mori Sun Pillar (2011)

 
 

 

Miyako Island, Japan Primal Rhythm is a permanent monumental installation by Mariko Mori. Primal Rhythm highlights the natural beauty of Seven Light Bay, located on Miyako Island in Okinawa, Japan. This site-specific work comprises two large sculptures, Moon Stone, a sphere that changes color in response to the tides, and Sun Pillar, a translucent column set atop a rock promontory, positioned to cast a ceremonial shadow across the bay each winter solstice. Primal Rhythm is the first installation of six centered on exploring the dialogue between art and nature. 

 
 
 

Video Courtosey of Adobe Museum of Digital Media

 
 
 
 
 

Completion of Sun Pillar

With the help of local residents and a team of engineers, the four-meter-tall Sun Pillar was successfully installed. Like all construction phases of Primal Rhythm, the installation of Sun Pillar will be implemented using only human power, so as to not disturb the bay's delicate coral and rock formations. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 The project is made possible with lead support from

Philippe and Takako Khuong-Huu 

Major Sponsorship is provided by

 
 

Generous funding is provided by In Kind Donation

 
 

 

Generous support is also provided by

William A. Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts / Richard Chang / Wilbur L. Ross Jr. / Hikonobu Ise 

Additional support is provided by

Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz / Dean and Anna Backer 

Chris and Kathryn Leonard / Takeo Obayashi / Masami Shiraishi / de Sarthe Gallery / Margot Paul Ernst 

Honorary Advisors

Soichiro Fukutake / Shinichi Nakazawa / Kyoko Ogawa / Grethe Rostbøll 

Tetsuhiro Shikiyama / Toshihiko Shimoji / Masami Shiraishi 

Evaluation Committee

Yuko Hasegawa / Adaniya Masahide / Prof. Eizo Nakaza / Fumio Nanjo 

Naoki Onaga / Takahide Oroku / Kazunori Tachihara / Masayuki Uehara 

Project Team: 

Yumi Nawa (Nawa Yumi Design Office), Structural Engineer | Toshiaki Miyagi,Toshiaki Makino, Kazuaki Miyanaga (Okinawa Kensetsu Giken Corporation), Construction Consultant, Yasuo Sahira (Sahira Kensetsu Corporation), Construction | Otoe Nii, Hiroya Isozaki (Nanjo Associates), Producer | Hikofumi Matsubara, Kazumi Nema, Yu Yamaguchi (NPO Gaia Art), Yumi Umemura (Shiraishi Contemporary Art), Coordination | Charles Danziger, Thomas Danziger (Danziger, Danziger & Muro, LLP), Masaru Terui, Kaori Nemoto (Aoyama Law Office), Legal Consultant | Guevara Soliman (Mariko Mori Studio), Computer Graphics | Rie Nakano, Chris Moore, Mina Lee (Mariko Mori Studio) | Linda Ciampoli, Eleni Petaloti, Emma Covode (Faou Foundation) 

Special thanks to: 

Miyamoto Amon / Shunji Fukuda / Masaki Higa / Hiroshi Kagayama / Ako Karimata / Yasuko Kasaki / Yukifusa Kokuba / Kyota Matsudo / Kazuaki Miyanaga / Satoshi Miyazato / Aska Mori / Ken Mori / Kyoko Mori / Minoru Mori / Dr. Yoko Mori / Mitsuko Motonaga / Masaharu Nagahama / Toshiko Nagaoka / Sachiko Nema / Kyoko Okada / Kazuhide Okuhara / Ankou Satoyama / Toshiichi Shimoji / Yuko Tadano / Reiko Tomii