carved into the sand, 'voice of the sea news' speaks for the sea which suffers in silence
 

carved into the sand, 'voice of the sea news' speaks for the sea which suffers in silence

tokyo-based artist toshihiko hosaka presents the colossal earthwork sculpture, ‘voice of the sea news.’ measuring 50 by 35 meters, the editorial is engraved into the sand of iioka beach in japan’s eastern chiba prefecture as a means of speaking on behalf of the sea which ‘suffers in silence.’ through the work, hosaka and his team emphasize that the lives of sea creatures are being taken at an overwhelming scale as the 8 million tons of plastic used globally each day are ultimately dumped into the rivers and oceans. nearly 700 species of animals including sea turtles, seabirds, seals, and fish are harmed and killed. the sand artist, together with a team of students and local residents, completed the earthwork in eleven days.

seavoice news toshihiko hosaka
all images courtesy of seavoice newspaper

 

 

toshihiko hosaka’s sand sculpture editorial, which first calls out the devastating effects and overwhelming scale of plastic waste accumulating in the world’s oceans, continues:the amount of plastic garbage is only continuing to rise. it is even said that if we continue on this course without taking any countermeasures, the amount of garbage in the sea will surpass the amount of fish. we japanese are also largely responsible. japan produces the second most garbage per person. in order to rectify this, we have to take a good hard look at what is happening in the ocean. we need to think about things we have been ignoring as a result of prioritizing economic growth, everyday convenience, and such. not throwing away garbage. reusing. raising your voice. continuing to think. it is clear what has to be done. the ocean has granted us so many blessings, and so much happiness. what can we give it in return?

seavoice news toshihiko hosaka
toshihiko hosaka writes: ‘the sea does not speak. so, I will speak in its place.‘ 

seavoice news toshihiko hosaka
initial drawings were laid out in a grid onto the beach

seavoice news toshihiko hosaka
the transcription is precisely carved into the sand

seavoice news toshihiko hosaka
the final work was produced in eleven days

seavoice news toshihiko hosaka
the ocean has granted us so many blessings, and so much happiness. what can we give it in return?

 

 

project info:

 

project title: voice of the sea news

artist: toshihiko hosaka

collaborators: executive committee of the asahi sand sculpture art exhibition, local volunteers, and students

location: iioka beach, chiba prefecture, japan

completion:  2019

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    486,312 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    privacy policy