Yamanohiroba is Japanese for The Mountain Plaza.
The Mountain Plaza / 山の広場 ® is a self sponsored project since 2000 about social sculpture and how a community works together over a period of time to construct a space for public use.
The Mountain Plaza / 山の広場 ® has evolved from a question about spatial experience to over 17 years of work; from 4 hands to over 4,000; from a self-sponsored sculpture into a community movement; from sixty tons of clay pounded into one form, surrounded by a 200 ton kiln that took 10 years to complete, and finally fired for 40 days to over 1200C (2200F) to become the world's first ceramic amphitheater. This acoustic fired earthen wall stands like a living extension of the ground upon which it has grown. Now, The Mountain Plaza / 山の広場 ® Ceramic Amphitheater Art Center is an international site in rural Japan devoted to art and culture.
2000 ~ 2016:
How we got from an idea to a fired form.
These photos are a brief peak into the past 16 years of amazing community effort.