Mariko HORI

in the end what is left behind is love

installation / paprika powder, glue / 2015

The masses of red powder transforming into words which were marriage proposals from real stories of elderly couples who has been living in the town.
There is an old Japanese story called “ Hana Saka Jii-san ”; Long story short, the old man took the ashes (from a special tree) and sprinkled them on dead cherry trees. When he did, the cherry trees came into bloom. The places abandoned and in ruins are like dead trees and they will revive with the paprika, Bulgarian special powder, blown with wish and love from all of us. Also, to love the town could be to live in the town and to start marriage life could be the one of beginnings of it.

The work was made for Water Tower Art Fest in Bulgaria 2015
under the theme of ‘‘ TOWNS IN NEED OF LOVE ’’

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