Wexford Street, Dublin 2 this morning.
Brushes, glues, papers, rare materials, recondite art tools and a spectrum of 4,200 individual pigments displayed on the walls, each container precisely equidistant from the next.
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Arts Festival in Japan is a 50-day event that happens every three years, linking 200 villages across 19,000km² of mountainous terrain in Nigata, Japan.
160 artists all working to a single unified theme, to wit, ‘humans are part of nature’.
This year sees the publication of a book, showcasing the 800 artworks created since the festival began in 2000. The organisers pride themselves on the deliberately sprawling nature of the event (at which it’s virtually impossible to see all the art) describing it as an “absolutely inefficient approach deliberately at odds with the rationalization and efficiency of modern society.”