The tiny island of Inujima in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea was once a bustling copper refining town, but the population declined dramatically when the local industry shut down. In 2010, just 56 people lived there—and many of those inhabitants were more than 70 years old.
Recently, the island has been revived into a destination for art and architecture lovers. The industrial complex on the island was converted into the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum in 2008. Two years later, Architects Kazuyo Sejima & Associates created three immersive art pavilions—s-art house, f-art house, and i-art house—all connected by a pathway through the island. This year, a-art house and c-art house opened as well. To view more photos and videos of each of the art houses, visit the location pages below:
Spencer Tunick stages scenes in which the battle of nature against culture is played out against various backdrops, from civic center to desert sandstorm, man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence. Tunick has traveled the globe to create these still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. Organizing groups from a handful of participants to tens of thousands, all volunteers, is often logistically daunting; the subsequent images transcend ordinary categories and meld sculpture and performance in a new genre.