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Potemkin
Post industrial meditation park for Echigo-Tsumari Triennial by Casagrande & Rintala.

Potemkin stands in the starting point of revolution. I am continuing mentally attached with Potemkin and seeing where the revolution is taking me. Potemkin stands in the crossroads where the modern man has to define his relationship with the nature. We have all the tools needed for a sustainable solution of human existence in the technological world. Now we also have all the tools to destroy the world. Architects, artists, urban planners, environmental planners and humanists must find their position and responsibility in this turning point.

Potemkin stands as the Acropolis to be the post industrial temple to think of the connection between the modern man and nature. I see Potemkin as a cultivated junk yard situated between the ancient rice fields and the river with a straight axis to the Shinto temple.

Kuramata village by the Kamagawa River, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan.
 
Architect Casagrande Marco
Country Japan
Region Niigata
City Kuramata
End of the work 2003
Materials One inch Kawasaki steel, recycled concrete, recycled glass, recycled asphalt, gravel, river bed stones
Used surface area 1500 m2
Photographer Dean Carman
Collaborations Sami Rintala
 
 
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