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Sand Vase by Yukihiro Kaneuchi

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Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi created a series of vases that resemble sand castles constructed on a beach.

Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi‘s latest project draws on bou-toshi, a game most played by those enrolled in the national defense academy of Japan in which two teams (composed of 150 players each – 75 defense, 75 offense) compete to gain control over a single large pole. The activity involves individuals making a heap of sand in which they place a pole in the centre. Each player takes turns removing sand, and the one who causes the pole to fall loses. There is also a version that is played by children in the sand box.

Kaneuchi has created a series of vases based on the rules and elements of this game that has been played for centuries. Entitled ‘sand’ a set of three vessels emulate the heap of the granular composite built-up around the ‘pole’, which in this case is a glass tube. Here the sand formation nears collapse, bringing a tension and beauty to the flowers contained within.

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