World-renowned photographer, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s installation at Naoshima consists of a shinto shrine connected to an underground room by a glass staircase. Sugimoto is probably Japan’s best known photographer. The style of shrine building chosen is a very simple one, more similar to the style of Ise Grand Shrine than of later, Chinese-influenced architectural styles.
After viewing the portion of the glass staircase that lies below the shrine, the viewer emerges from the sub-terannean chamber through a long corridor that perfecty frames the horizon.
The ocean horizon is one of Sugimoto’s favorite images. An installation at Naoshima’s Benesse House showcases a dozen or so photographs of ocean horizons around the world.
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