“The whole park is a sculpture”, is what artist/product designer/sculptor Isamu Noguchi said about Moerenuma Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Moerenuma Park opened last July, 18 years after Isamu visited Sapporo for the first time to design this 189-hectare park. He completed the final model of the park in November of the same year but passed away a month later, on December 30th 1988. PingMag reports about the first spring season ever at Noguchi’s ambitious Moerenuma Park.
Written by Chiemi
The first thing you see when you get to this park is an artificial mountain called Moere Mountain. This whole park was actually built on reclaimed land under the tree planting project in Sapporo. The amount of waste used to fill this space between 1979 and 1990 was about 2.7 million tons. Who would ever expect this place to become such an amazing park in Hokkaido?
On the opposite side of Moere Mountain is a glass pyramid called Hidamari which is another symbol of the park. Hidamari means ‘sunny place’. It works like a green house in winter and uses snow from a snow storehouse for the air-conditioning in summer. There are shops, restaurants, galleries and an observation deck inside.
Stepping outside of Hidamari you will find the Sea Fountain. This special 25 meters high fountain expresses both: a calm and a rough sea relating to the relationship between earth and sea, or maybe also the sea and us humans.
If you keep walking forward the Play Mountain will appear in front of you. This mountain was designed in 1933 for some big public project but unfortunately it never happened at that time. That means this mountain took over 70 years to finally be built.
This amazing Tetra Mound (next to the Play Mountain) consists of a little hill and a 13 meters high triangular pyramid made with stainless steel. Each pillar has a diameter of 2 meters!
All you want to do here is to lay down and watch. Feels incredible!
Finally let’s walk though all the playgrounds called Forest of Cherry Blossoms. But although Hanami is long ago in Tokyo, the cherry blossoms haven’t bloomed in Hokkaido yet!
Isamu Noguchi said “Sculptures are to be felt with kids’ bottoms” – and this is exactly what you will experience here! Countless smiling kids riding, sitting and touching his sculptures in the playgrounds. Forest of Cherry Blossoms consists of 7 different areas, all of them have various types of playground equipment that kids can experience to the full.
All of these play-sculptures are built from very simple wooden blocks. Isamu designed these for kids in order to experience the strong shapes and colors of sculptures.
Did you enjoy the little walk with us today? If you ever visit Hokkaido remember to visit Moerenuma Park!