Benesse Art Site Naoshima


La forêt des murmures

Halfway up Mt. Danyama on Teshima island, 400 wind chimes are installed in a forest, tinkling in the breeze. On strips of transparent material hanging from each bell are the names of loved ones written by past visitors. The sound of the wind chimes summon up the mystery of the soul, paying homage to the memory of those individuals, expressing both the vitality and transience of human life.
New visitors are invited to leave behind the name of a beloved one. At a later date, this name will be engraved on a strip in the visitor's own handwriting, and will start swinging in the breeze, becoming part of the artwork.

On July 18th, 2016, the opening day, an artist talk was held on Teshima by Christian Boltanski. You can access the full text of his lecture here.

Hours & Admission

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please see Open Days Calendar for opening hours and closed days.
Admission Fee:Free
Registration Fee*: JPY5,000
*This is the price for inscribing a beloved person’s name on a strip hanging from a wind chime. The name will be engraved at a later date on a strip in your own handwriting . On the day of your visit, you will be handed out a registration certificate (registration takes place at Les Archives du Coeur in Teshima).
La forêt des murmures

ArtistChristian Boltanski

"This artwork is an endless work, it is my hope that the entire forest will eventually echo with the sound of wind chimes. Maybe will it become a place of pilgrimage, where people still come to pray after my name is forgotten." ― Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski
Born in Paris, 1944. Explores themes of life and death in a variety of media, including video, photography, painting, sculpture, and multimedia installations. In addition to attempts at recreating personal histories, Mr. Boltanski captures memories of anonymous individuals through cookie tin-boxes, candles, thousands of photos, articles of used clothing, and personal names, among other things, to express the importance, transience, and fading of human existence. Boltanski exhibitions have been held at leading museums worldwide, and the artist has contributed to many international art festivals including Documenta (1972, 1977), Venice Biennale (1975, 1980, 1993, 1995), and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata (2000, 2003, 2006, 2009). He is one of the most significant French contemporary artists.

La forêt des murmures


Requests to visitors

When viewing the artworks

・Access to La forêt des murmures is through a steep dirt road. We recommend wearing walking shoes to visit this work.
・Please be mindful while exploring the island.


1771 karato, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa 7614662 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)879-68-3555 (Teshima Art Museum)
Fax. +81-(0)879-68-2182

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