Fire works 花火


It is so difficult to share how wonderful the fireworks were through photos. Photos of fireworks are always very similar, as you can see in the magazines. But why so difficult? It is not enough to include the earth to show the scale, and somehow a panorama is worse. By the way is there anybody who does not like fireworks? I think it is one of the rare art forms which does no rely on our cultural background or our experience. Everybody likes them (except for the noise and smoke) whether you were raised with polar bears or Tarzan or have a dose of European vanguard art it does not matter, you like them. The goal of our design is something like that, but sometimes we find a remainder of a “code” imbedded in our work. Only those who can decode this code can appreciate the beauty of the art. I think many western art forms rely on the coding-encoding system. Are there any other universal art forms like fire works? What about the panorama view from a high mountain or a building? Probably the developer (as in our last post) know the universality of an amazing view so that they can invest a lot of money without having to do any research.



So, this time there are no photos of fireworks here. Instead we have shown some of the water show by the fire boats which was the opening performance on the East River and the mirrored images of fire works on Kempenfelt Bay in Canada. They were taken at the beginning of this month, July 4th is Independence Day in the US and July 1st is Canada (birth) Day.


Both had masses of fireworks, using that volume and abundance which is a feature of western art I believe. For almost one hour they launched next to next, even before the last one ended. Not only high in the sky, some exploded to the right just above the barge, so very busy. I recalled how it was in my home town; as one display faded out of the sky …we waited and waited but the next one did not come immediately. The sound of people quietly chatting filled the silent space. Was this space between a calculated interval? Or simply they needed it to load the next one? No way to confirm that now, the village no longer has the economical activity to support a fireworks celebration.

どちらも大変ボリュームがある。一時間ほどの間、引っ切り無しに打ち上がる。始めのが終わらないうちに次のが上がる。上ばかりを見ていたら、船の当たりを 低いやつが足元を賑やかにするという次第で、めまぐるしくて仕方がない。ボリュームは西洋のアートの本質であるようにも思える。フッと子供の時に見た村の 花火を思い出した。如何に情緒があったとはいえ、花火一つが闇に消えたあと、待てど暮らせど次のが上がらない。その待っている間を村人たちのボソボソ話が 埋めるという次第。この間合いが次の球をこめるのに必要だったのか?それともアートの演出だったのか?今、確かめようにも、村は花火をする経済がなくなっ て、花火が上がることはなくなった。



By the way, as we believe that art evolves, do fire works evolve also? If so what it will they be like for the next generation?