ART & DESIGN
Mobilize all your five senses and let your mind embrace the experience,
one inspiration at a time
Mobilize all your five senses and let your mind embrace the experience, one inspiration at a time. Various artworks decorate the two buildings of SHIROIYA HOTEL as inspired by design director Sou Fujimoto's concept of blending "old" and "new." Use our map and introduction to each artwork on this page to navigate your art journey at your own pace and convenience.
The Shiroiya project began in 2014 and it has undergone dramatic changes over the past six years. The concept stemmed from a plan to renovate the main building and open up a large atrium. Once the floors were stripped out, the structure’s powerful presence came to light, revealed after many years. This offered a taste of how the atrium could look, as a plaza for locals and international visitors to mingle. The space seemed capable of holding all kinds of objects and events. The project went ahead with input from worldwide artists and designers, people in the Maebashi area and those involved in community-life generation. Taro Okamoto’s Bell of the Sun was relocated to the city at this time, and that gave rise to the idea of incorporating a hillock in a new building. We hope that Shiroiya will go on developing, together with the entire city of Maebashi, accepting and involving a diversity of people, activities and materials.
1:FROM THE HEAVENS
FROM THE PRAIRIES
FROM THE SEA
FROM THE MOUNTAINS
3:Sea of Galilee, Golan
4:By physical or cognitive means (Broken Window Theory 02 August)
7:Painting of Painting 20