Komorebi: A fallen sun; not merely setting past the horizon, beyond the earth, but into it: the extra-terrestrial made earthly.
Komorebi is a Japanese word for which there is no direct English translation. It describes the effect of light filtered through the leaves of trees; it is a phenomenon which cannot be broken down into its individual parts. It does not describe the leaves, shadows, or the sun, but the interaction between the light and the trees.
This coalescence is abstracted, inverted: using the physical manifestation of the light, or the sun, this relationship can be explored in a tangible way. Rather than seeing the light through the trees, countless pieces of string comprise the physical manifestation of sunlight, through which the forest is seen and experienced. Much in the same way as an oil painting reifies the intangible sun through paint and canvas, Komorebi uses string and the existing structure of the forest to make the light corporeal, life-size. From certain viewpoints it melts with the forest like a watercolour, from others it obscures it and demands to be seen.
With minimal footprint, maximum impact is achieved; visitors can feel the sunset, manipulate it, slip beneath or climb through it. They are invited to interact with the natural garden differently, but it does not force the forest to yield to the human gaze. It adapts to and is informed by its surroundings. Komorebi, much like its namesake, is not the piece alone, but its interaction - the sun - with the forest.
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