A Spring Sketching Trip to Fukushima

2015, Installation, gouache on paper 65x50 cm (7pieces), 54.2x39.2cm (6pieces), two folding bikes

In Chiba prefecture where Yamashita + Kobayashi grew up, primary and middle school hold an annual event, "A Spring Sketching Trip". In the event, students observe and draw a spring landscape. That can be said as the starting point of their art.
Being inspired by this memory, they got on JR Joban line to Tatsuta station, a temporary terminus of the line and the nearest station to 'difficult-to-return' zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. And they recorded landscape by watercolor, traveling by bicycle in Naraha and Tomioka town where no one lives anymore, overtaken by nature.


2015 Cafe in Mito R, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan