Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Hidden Buddha

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The Makomanai Cemetery outside of Sapporo, Japan, wanted to highlight the huge Buddha statue they had on their grounds. They hired Tadao Ando to do just that, and he solved the problem by hiding the statue. From Spoon and Tamago's  article Ando Tadao’s Hill of Buddha:

“Our idea was to cover the Buddha below the head with a hill of lavender plants,” said Ando. Indeed, as you approach “Hill of Buddha” the subject is largely concealed by a hill planted with 150,000 lavenders. Only the top of the statue’s head pokes out from the rotunda, creating a visual connection between the lavender plants and the ringlets of hair on the Buddha statue’s head.

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