Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum

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Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum
The Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum is a semi-open museum designed to house 44 pieces of sculptures created by the sculptor Ken Iwata. The museum is located on Omishima, a small island within the Seta Inland Sea, rich in nature and culture, blessed with magnificent orange groves, and an Ohyamazumi Shrine that is said to have been built circa 1500 years ago. The site is at the south western edge of the island, within the schoolyard of a former elementary school. Collaborating closely with Gallery Hasegawa in Tokyo and the Imabari City, the museum was planned next to the wooden school building as Mr. Iwata was once an elementary school teacher.

As most of the artworks are made of bronze and do not require indoor conditions, we attempted to design only the landscape as our first concept. After various studies our proposal developed into a museum simply wrapped around by a concrete wall in form of circular arcs - similar to temporary curtains hung during special events in Japan. The sculptures being installed in various heights and directions are placed in front of the painted white walls on green grass within the central courtyard. Visitors are able to appreciate the artworks backed by sceneries of blue sky, mountains and tiled roofs according to their viewing positions.

The curved walls acting like a giant ear collect sounds of birds and waves while amplifying them throughout the museum. Concrete benches are placed on the green courtyard and along the corridors, where the visitors can freely enjoy the museum visually and acoustically.

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