oscar oiwa draws a panoramic japanese landscape inside a giant inflated dome oscar oiwa draws a panoramic japanese landscape inside a giant inflated dome
mar 21, 2016

oscar oiwa draws a panoramic japanese landscape inside a giant inflated dome

oscar oiwa draws a panoramic japanese landscape inside a giant inflated dome
all images courtesy of oscar oiwa




inside a former soy sauce warehouse on the japanese island of shodoshima, artist oscar oiwa has installed ‘oiwa island 2’ as part of the 2016 setouchi triennale. the large-scale work has been realized inside the spherical chamber of a 6-meter diameter inflatable vinyl dome. the brazilian-born japanese artist has intricately illustrated the interior walls of an all-white bubble, surrounding visitors in a labyrinth of monochromatic graphics and motifs drawn in black permanent marker.


unfolding in a 360 degree panorama, the interior depicts the picturesque setouchi landscape, recognized by lush vegetation, water and a mountainous backdrop. a drawing of a humble house is placed in the setting, the door of which becomes the portal through which visitors can enter the dome. originally realized for the 2013 edition of the triennale, ‘oiwa island 2’ now includes a new section of drawing made specifically for this installation.

a 360 degree panorama unfolds across the inside of the dome 

the interior installation depicts the picturesque setouchi landscape

the door of an illustrated house becomes the portal through which visitors can enter the dome

visitors are surrounded by a labyrinth of monochromatic graphics and motifs

drawings have been rendered in black permanent marker

illustrations of lush vegetation, water and a mountainous backdrop are drawn inside the dome 

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