Art Healing Space II - commemorated the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II.
The Torii, the Japanese shrine entrance gate, represented for the Shinto religion the point of 'in-between,' or demarcation, of the finite and the Infinite. What remains of such a symbol in the wake of atomic decimation?
Art is in itself the bridging of the finite and the Infinite, but does so constructively and peacefully. Given the location of Art Healing Space, namely a center situated in the West with an East Asian aesthetic (the Charles B. Wang Center), I have decided to reinterpret the Torii as both an aesthetic universal as well as spiritual symbol.
I do this not as an act of appropriation of a culture's symbols, but as a process of remediation.
The Torii is composed of worn pallet wood and metals, the materials themselves the result of a destructive history. The reflecting pool in which it is placed hopefully will give the sense of peace surrounding a ravaged symbol. The whole represents our search for wisdom and meaning from even the most sorrowing of events.