「NAWA LINK」in FRANCE
*NAWA: The Roots of Arles-sur-Tech*
A W A (YOU & I and ROPE in Japanese)
Project: * COLLECTIVE HAPPINESS* NAWA VITAL LINK
An installation of NAWA sculpture by Japanese
artist Mariyo Yagi in Arles-sur-Tech, France 2009
Title: *NAWA: The Roots of Arles-sur-Tech*
Sculpture fi nie : Hauteur 2,3 me`tres et un diame`tre de ~10-20 cm.
Material :3 toiles de coton Catalan 0,6m de large par 1,8 m de
long, qui forment des 《 tubes 》 et qui sont ensuite remplis par des
ve´ge´taux secs de la faune catalane : grains, pe´pins, noix, feuilles
mortes, plumes..-Un barre de fer droit debout, hauteur 2,3 m.
construction de base : 60x60 cm .
A R T I S T- IN - R E S I D E N C E Résidence d’Artiste
ARLES-SUR-TECH – Vallespir – Pyrenées Orientales – France
Une installation de sculpture de cordes par l’artiste japonaise
The quaint village of Arles‑sur‑Tech in the southern tip of France is nestled in the valleys of the Pyrenées Orientales along the border with Spain. A former principality of Catalonia the ancient tongue of Catalan is still widely spoken there today. Since antiquity, Arles‑sur‑Tech has been known for its august abbeys and as a center for iron mining. Today weaving, chocolate and biscuit factories dot the village's landscape.
With its rich history and sublime climate, Arles‑sur‑Tech is an ideal environment for artists from around the world to gather and explore their creative visions. An artist‑in‑residence program was recently initiated by Mayor M. René Bantoure in collaboration with newly arrived residents of the area, artists
Teresa Wennberg and Pierre Lobstein. Invited to participate in this year's program were Japanese environmental sculptor Mariyo Yagi, photographer and Berlin‑based architect, Yuna Yagi, and New York 'new technology' artist, Adrianne Wortzel. When first invited, Mariyo Yagi had yet to determine what her artistic contribution would be. Soon she was inspired to carry forward with her NAWA Project, and to involve the local people
ART PROJECT STANDPOINT;
Mariyo Yagi’s Nawa Project in Arles-sur-Tech Upon arriving in Arles-sur-Tech, Mariyo immersed herself in the
local culture, people, and history. She soon found inspiration in the relics of the town's past--the abbey and the ancient iron mine ruins; in its contemporary vibrancy --the traditional weaving, festivals and food markets; and in the lush natural surround the valleys and hillsides of the Pyrenées Mountains. Her creative
vision began to crystallize.
Concept: To revitalize the traditional textile industry in
Arles-sur-Tech, Catalan. The "NAWA" social art project would
unite the participating artisans with other community members,
young and old, to catalyze a new fusion of cultures in Catalan.
(N A W A means 'YOU & I' and 'ROPE' in Japanese)
Procede de NAWA projet---Juillet 1- 25, 2009
1) Research environment, history, culture, and natural
resources in Catalan. Communicate with inhabitants.
Move into an apartment and cook three meals a day
with goat cheese, Catalan sausage, wine, Catalan
chocolate biscuits and other local foods.
Walk in town, to food markets, in the valleys and
mountains. Swim in pool of the town and in the
Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy festivals, parties, dancing,
talking, laughing, and feeling.
2) Make presentation of plan and search for sponsorship
3) Select materials and textiles (typical Catalan colors)
4) Conduct public relations and learn of town's shops and
people. News paper, Local broadcasting in the town
Present public information papers about shops in the
town: bakery, pharmacy, etc.
5) Cut one tube of textile into three lengths [3.6m long x 0.15m wide (0.03-0.06
6) Double the textile material and sew into 3.6m lengths
7) Structure iron stand (2cm diameter pipe, height 2.3m, base angle 0.6m x0.6m)
7-1) Wrap iron stand with scraps of textile to make a form
8) Collect more than 20 varieties of natural resources: dried
seeds, nuts, herbs, flowers, and leaves from the gardens,
mountains, and riverside. Experience joy in communing with
nature and people. Appreciate "collective happiness."
9) Insert natural materials into sewn textile tubes.
10) NAWA Workshop Collaboration Event:
July 22nd, afternoon
Kindergarten children participate in the creation
process by fi lling textile tubes with the collected
natural materials: dried herbs, fl owers, seeds, etc.
Their small hands are ideal for the task!
10-1) Local inhabitants participate and bring
dried seeds, nuts, herbs, fl owers and leaves from
Rope = NAWA= you & I
Corde = NAWA= toi et moi
10-2) Participants insert natural materials into the
10-3) Play with the textile tube fi lled with natural
10-4) Three people twine the three textile tubes onto the iron stand to make the
Nawa(rope) sculpture. Smell the herbs of the sculpture.
10-5) Place the NAWA sculpture in the abbey yard and then in the abbey
corridor. Install in the Wedding Salon of City Hall on request of Mayor.
Rope = NAWA = you and I
NAWA means both rope in Japanese and 'You and I'
NAWA is a symbol of the vital link between the
cosmos and all living things on earth and has the
same double spiral form as DNA strands.
You and I twined together on this earth through
NAWA, the Vital Link as art, to create a form that
connects all living things.
N A W A (« TOI et MOI » ou « CORDE » en Japonais)
JUILLET 22, 2009 - 14.00 ‒ 17.00 hs
PLACE DU COUVENT, ARLES SUR TECH
L’Artiste japonaise MARIYO YAGI est à Arles sur Tech pendant le mois de Juillet
2009 pour une Résidence d’Artiste.
Pour son projet « NAWA » , qui sera une sculpture de cordes
de 2,30 m. de haut, elle invite tout les habitlants d’Arles ‒ petits et grands - à
venir à la Place du Couvent le 22 Juillet à 14.00 hs pour aider à sa construction.
Pour participer, emmenez tout ce qui est petit et sec de votre jardin, comme des
graines, pépines, noix, feuilles mortes, plumes... (pour remplir la scupture).