Friends of The Mountain

The Mountain Plaza / 山の広場 ® Ceramic Amphitheater Art Center is an international site in rural Japan devoted to art and culture. 山の広場は、科学や人間表現といった、異なる分野の交わる野外スペースだ。

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.

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Yamanohiroba is a work with the landscape and expanding the ideas of personal / community engagement. Through recontextualizing the place with people, yamanohiroba foments the exchange of ideas, which over time lends to rethinking cultural/social concepts within a community. Participants leave The Mountain Plaza with more than they came with: a sense of being interconnected through art.

The Yamanohiroba “Come when you can. Do what you can.” policy allows 5 to 85 year olds play a part. This broad cross section of ages and diversity of backgrounds deepens the shared act of focusing on a common goal. Ultimately, the collective effort becomes the project’s modus operandi. The act of collaboration brings celebration to what we can do together: human potential.