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In the serene landscapes of Toga, Japan, a remarkable land art project named “Serpent Lady” by HAJIME YOSHIDA ARCHITECTURE harmoniously merges the realms of nature and human existence. Situated at the juncture of a mountain and river, this project carves a deep, slender trench into the earth, vividly adorned in striking red. The vivid crimson starkly juxtaposes the natural earth tones and the bustling tapestry of insects and animals that envelop its surroundings. Within its bold geometric structure lies a hidden set of steps that gently beckon onlookers to venture into the welcoming embrace of Mother Earth. The architects aptly describe it as a “landscape space that forges fresh connections with the Earth and its vibrant life.”
All images courtesy of HAJIME YOSHIDA ARCHITECTURE
Serpent Lady Extends a Subterranean Invitation
According to HAJIME YOSHIDA ARCHITECTURE, life itself embodies a symbiotic dance between our planet and its inhabitants. Serpent Lady encapsulates this profound connection, offering an understated yet compelling visual narrative. Through its unassuming form and bold, red hue, this installation prompts viewers to reassess their relationship with the Earth, urging them to embrace its vitality and resilience.
Descending into the subterranean cavity, Serpent Lady unveils an entirely different perspective on the intricate web of life. As observers venture into the Earth’s welcoming embrace, they are invited to confront the essence of Mother Earth herself—an entity often concealed beneath our very feet. This experience serves as a poignant reminder of the life-sustaining forces that flow beneath the surface—a realm teeming with energy, fortitude, and benevolence. In this artful exploration of the underground, Serpent Lady beautifully underscores the profound and often overlooked interconnectedness of our world.
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