This artistic pavilion named 107㎥ Pavilion is interpreted as the "difference" between the breath each individual human takes versus the breath of a tree. I find the disparity in the breathes creates imbalance.
The place where 107㎥ Pavilion is situated was once a heavily wooded area in the west part of Hokkaido, which is the northernmost major island in Japanese Archipelago. The Ainu natives, known for their hunting culture, paid their sincere respects to the wooded area for its rich habitation of animals. The abundant deep forests succumbed to tree logging due to the increasing Sapporo-city’s population about a hundred years ago. Numerous amounts of trees were harvested to supply lumber for building houses in the area.
A human’s carbon dioxide emission per year is about 112㎥ while a tree absorbs only 5㎥ in photosynthesis per year. I set this huge “difference” between a human’s CO2 emission and tree’s absorption as the main concept. I visualized the “difference” as 112ー5＝107㎥ in 107㎥ Pavilion, the size of which is about 35.7 meters Long, 2.7 meters Height and 1.1 meters Width. Pavilion is made of over 500 pieces of 2cm X 2cm lumber. It was the smallest sustainable size of lumber to construct this installation with the utmost effort to minimize the amount of wood harvested. All the white small lumber pieces contrast against the deep and dark green grandeur background in order to reflect the forest’s importance and impressiveness. 107㎥ Pavilion itself has the unique pattern of curves and contrast only Japanese pine trees possess.
Visitors realize the importance of how much we, the people of today, need the woods for modern living, but also how much the natives of this area, the Ainu, paid respect to the place as the source of their livelihood through this Pavilion.
107㎥ Pavilion is a special entity that reflects “the preciousness of the woods” by showing the huge “difference” between a breath taken by a human and a breath taken by a tree.