ryo yamada walks people towards a garden in the sky. atop a sloping hill surrounded by the natural landscape of japan, ryo yamada has constructed ‘air garden’, a piece of art meant to symbolize a passage. within this context, yamada doesn’t intend to convey the typical meaning of the word defined as ‘a path connecting one point to another’ because it does not lead to a tangible destination, but hopes to create a metaphorical one based on an experience.
Stairway Cinema is the third major installation by OH.NO.SUMO. This project takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants. The intersection of Symonds Street and Mount Street is a place of ‘hard waiting’. Bus stops and laundromats create a hard-scape of poor space for social interaction. Members of the public retreat individually into the media offered on their mobile phones.
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