Mineo Kuroda: Wa – to relate (2008–2009)

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Saari Residence, we are presenting the artwork created on the manor grounds. The stone sculpture "Wa – to relate" by Japanese artist Mineo Kuroda comprises 14 natural stones.
Photo: Otto-Ville Väätäinen

Located between the Saari Residence main building and the Farmhand’s Cottage, next to the car park is a piece of art made with natural stones by Japanese Mineo Kuroda Wa – to relate. It was completed over two years as, during Kuroda’s first residence in 2008, the land was too soft for the heavy machinery required to move the stones. Kuroda returned in 2009 to finish the work and the opening ceremony was held on 28 October 2009.

Mineo Kuroda (born 1948, Kyoto, Japan) is a Japanese sculptor interested in exploring the meaning of human existence and the essence of “me”. In his work, Kuroda wishes to express the humans’ relationship with nature and how people should consider nature in all their activities. Being a physical education teacher by previous profession, Kuroda’s work reflects the physical aspect in the form of large stones, for example.

Photo: Pirre Naukkarinen