8 Daiichi Kurobe Dam

Takashi Kuribayashi


Kuribayashi’s characteristic works feature huge installations created with plants, soil, water and other natural materials, and at times,animals such as penguins and sealsadding a touch of humor. At this year’s event, he creates an installation in one of the empty stores in the town shopping district by combining a 1/40 scale model of the Kurobe Dam and hot springs. The hot spring water representing the“lake of the dam” can be used as a hot foot bath by the passersby. In this colossal project, Kuribayashi puts the real Kurobe Dam, which was once called the “undertaking of the century,” up to a challenge.