Constructed at exactly the primeval sea level of its location, the installation helps to visualize the fact that about eight hundred thousand years to one million years ago, Sapporo City—in the area of the Ishikari Lowlands, where the museum currently is located—was covered by ocean water.
The piece sits 2.1 meters above the museum floor, held up by thin columns made out of scrap wood purposefully giving the exhibition a fragile look. However, at any one time, the 31-meter-long floor installation can hold up to ten people.
Through the installation, visitors should be able to envision the ocean while walking at the level it used to be a million years ago. The installation “shows that the history of mankind is just a moment compared to Mother Earth" says Yamada.
Zero Meter Above Sea Level is open from the 25th May until the 23rd June.
News via Ryo Yamada.