Relight Project is an art project and platform to set up to generate dialogue among people from different walks of life, to figure out ways to, literally or symbolically, re-light the artwork, and to active the artwork as a device to question the role of art in wider society.
In 2011, to pay respect to the victims of the 3.11 disaster, artist Tatsuo MIYAJIMA turned off his public artwork entitled “Counter Void” whose subject and purpose is to question “life and death” and which had illuminated the Keyakizaka area of the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo. Since it was turned off at the request of the artist on March 13th, 2011, it has served as a memorial to the souls of the victims. Since then, it seems as though the unbearable feelings of those days following the Great East Japan earthquake disaster have faded from memory. There have been fewer and fewer people engaging in the recovery efforts in the devastated areas, and the country has moved forward as though the influence of the 3.11 disaster has completely passed.
The “Revive Time: Kaki Tree Project” is an art project through
which people can learn about peace and the importance of life.
kaki tree in Nagasaki miraculously survived the atomic bombing in 1945. The purpose of our project is to hand out saplings from the mother tree to children around the world and encourage them to express themselves through art with a theme of a kaki tree as they grow the saplings. Art cultivates the imagination to help us feel others’ pain and creativity to build a new world. It goes beyond borders, religion, race and even language, and helps us feel sympathy for each other. We have been carrying out the project around the globe for 20 years, and planted the seeds of art, the seeds of peace into the hearts of 30,000 children who have taken part.