Let's feel the breath from the vacant lots
Project concept

An area from before "city planning", that survived the air raid of WW2, with small streets where cars don't fit. Individual fabric houses and shops are squeezed in. Suddenly, among the dense maze, clear spaces appear. Those spaces are kept for future city planning by the local government. It will be used for some purpose, but not at the present, just "Akichi" (vacant lots). This project gives opportunity for a catalyst to recognize the "Akichi" as precious space that has potential to contribute to the global ecology and mental health of people who live in the area.

Project 1: Asphalt Surgery

Scattered an open patch of land "Akichi" are found in various places among the city block seems standardized. "Akichi" are not accessible, surrounded by locked fences reminding us of military bases. Its ground was beautifully coated with asphalt made suffocating. This asphalt will be removed when it is turned into a park, a building or even a street. What is the necessity of coating it with asphalt? In this project, I would like to give a little chance of breathing.

1. Scalpel asphalt for making hole to breathe

2. Plant plants in the breathing hole of restored Akichi

3. Let them flower with the power of the breathing Akichi

4. Close the hole with concrete, mixed with dyes from the flowers that lived there (Have not done yet**)

5. The colored concrete will stay in the Akichi until used again as a memorial of the breathing hole (Have not done**)

Project 2: Herban* Communication

*"Herban" is coined from the word "Herb" and "Urban"

Another Akichi has wonderful breathing holes of the flowerbed on the avenue of the shops. However the flowerbeds are abandoned and forced into dormancy. I am really wondering what is happening here. I would like to wake their inherent nature, which has potential of being an oasis among an asphalt desert in an urban area.

1. Release the abundant flowerbed from dormancy by giving water, organic compost and effective microorganisms

2. Plant herbs

3. Install the bench, place mirror inside, around the flower bed

4. Provide the gathering space where the tea, grown from the flowerbed, is served to people from all walks of life.

5. Hear their thoughts while they are tasting the vibration of the breath from the Akichi at "Herban*" Garden.

6. Publish a collection of their thoughts on the Internet and printed materials.

**News--The city government granted permission for the sites to be used for these projects under the terms that all the art works be removed, and the original condition be restored after the exhibition. Therefore these projects were planned to be completed by closing holes or removing plants and installations. However the government authorize my art works to remain and function in the site to serve the needs of the local community.