A new work installed by Shinro Ohtake in the inner courtyard of the defunct Megi Elementary School. The title of the work is coined from the "Me" in Megijima and "con", which is the Japanese word for" root", used to symbolize the vitality of life. It conveys the hope that the people of Megijima will keep their roots on the island.

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Artist Shinro Ohtake

The inner courtyard contains a large buoy clearly out of proportion with the amount of available land, a tall-standing palm tree native to Megijima surrounded by a complex tangle of bent roots, tropical plants and other objects. Ohtake turned the entire area into an artwork based on the concept of“ roots” to symbolize the vitality of life that impressed him about Megijima Island.

                                  Shinro Ohtake

Shinro Ohtake
Born in Tokyo in 1955. Began showing his work inside and outside Japan since the early 1980s. Participated in the 8th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea, 2010), dOCUMENTA 13 (Germany, 2012), and in the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2013). Major works at Benesse Art Site Naoshima include Shipyard Works (Naoshima, 1994), Art House Project "Haisha"(Dreaming Tongue / Bokkon-Nozoki) (Naoshima, 2006) , Naoshima Bath "I♥湯" (Naoshima, 2009), MECON (Setouchi Triennale 2013, Megijima, 2013) and Needle factory (Setouchi Triennale 2016, Teshima, 2016).



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Megi Elementary School , 236-2 Megi-cho , Takamatsu , Kagawa 760-0092, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)87-892-2550(Fukutake Foundation)
Fax : 087-892-2011