Light Emitting Diode, IC, Electric wire, Aluminum panel.
400 x 2835 cm
Site specific installation at the Iwaki City Art Museum
Photo: Hiroyuki Yazumi
This work from 133651 series.
This work uses 300 units. In other words, there are 3,000 gadgets. This number, 3,000, has a very important meaning in Buddhist philosophy. Because in the Lotus Sutra, the highest point of Buddhist philosophy, when we say "three thousand worlds," it means the whole universe. Likewise, the Lotus Sutra teaches that there are three thousand different states of life inherent in a person. In other words, the number 3,000 represents both the entire universe and a person at the same time.
Emmanuel Kant contrasts the relationship between the individual and the whole universe in his "Critique of Practical Reason" as follows
"In the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant contrasts the following statement: "There are two things that fill my heart with admiration and reverence. There are two things that fill my heart with admiration and reverence: the starry sky above me and the moral law within me."
Furthermore, the Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda says that the two should not be separated. He says
"The Buddhist view of humanity and the cosmos is based on the theory that the inner spiritual world and the entire universe are completely united, based on the theory of 'I am the universe' and 'the universe is the self'. The Buddhist view of humanity and the universe is based on the theory of 'I am the immediate universe' and 'the universe is the immediate self."
I consider this work to be a symbol of the whole universe as well as a symbol of a human life.
1991 Tatsuo Miyajima