Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Life of Abandoned Structures!

When I saw this photo of  a small abandoned train station,200 sq. ft space covered by papers and read the story, my dormant emotion of happiness and joy got activated. Also,it reminded my visit of the unused and historic Dye studio of the same sq. ft space. I experienced the same feelings.
I know it sounds confusing, but it is fascinating to see two similar types of spaces in different countries, using papers and muslin to cover the interior walls and ceiling and telling telling unique story. The process for this space at the station grew organically by people while the other was conceived and created by an artist.

KOFUKU station, - people participation
abandoned KOFUKU train station(meaning Happiness), Hokkaido Japan,
photo credit- Getty Images
There is a train station in Japan, named Kofuku meaning Happiness, which is abandoned for the past 26 years and located on the Hokkaido island of Japan. It is literally a rectangular space of 200 Sq. Ft  created by the walls with windows and ceilings but what makes the space unique is what people or visitors come and bring the  happiest moments of their life on Business cards, photos and railway tickets and  thumb-tacked or pinned up on the walls and ceiling. It is a major tourist attraction and brings approx. 175,000 tourists every year. Now the new station is under construction and is planning to include similar space. In this case, the tourists participated in designing the space and people bring their happy moments from past and celebrate them again by stopping to remember. For detailed story, click Here- http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201308310054

The similar type of space and story I experienced when I visited Penland school of crafts two years ago.
DYE Studio, Penland School of Crafts- art Installation by Elison Collins
Unused and historic Dye Studio, Penland School of Crafts
photo credit- Neela Shukla
Designed by an Artist
On the other spectrum, there is a similar type of cottage sitting on Blue Ridge mountain, here the artist recreates an installation named- "Temps Perdu". It is the name of the hand written work of French novelist Proust. It means " In Search of Lost time " or "Remembrance of things past". Elison Collins was inspired by the rust of her past metal sculptures sitting in the studio floor. She used the metal pins and rust with soy milk to write selected text from the Proust's Novel on the muslin and pasted on the walls and ceilings of the studio, as you can see in the photo above.

The most important and common ingredient is the location of these both buildings, they are located in beautiful surroundings. See the photos below. It is the inanimate beauty of nature adds or initiates the happy feelings when one enters that physical space. 

Kofuku station photo credit- https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/user:Captain76
Dye Studio photo credit- Neela Shukla
Kofuku station photo credit- https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/user:Captain76
Dye Studio photo credit- Neela Shukla