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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Void’ (2003). Detail. Photo: Nick West

Away from the main thoroughfare in the luxury shopping district of Roppongi in Tokyo is the headquarters of TV Asahi. At the edge of the property is a curved wall with an immense neon artwork. Orchestrated by Maki and Associates, in consultation with Shiraishi Contemporary Art Inc., is “Counter Void” by the Japanese installation artist Tatsuo Miyajima. But despite its scale and presence, it is rarely seen. Installed in 2003, “Counter Void” was switched off five years ago following the devastating events of 3.11. To commemorate half a decade since the triple disaster, the artwork was illuminated temporarily during the first weekend in March 2016.
“Counter Void” is typical of Miyajima’s work in that it uses flickering sequences of numbers that refrain from arriving at zero. “The moment of zero is a metaphor for death,” Miyajima wrote, reflecting his Buddhist faith, where death is a preparation for rebirth; “the counting is a metaphor for life.”
Here are some photos taken during the first weekend of March 2016:
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Void’ (2003). Photo: Nick West

Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Void’ (2003). Photo: Nick West

Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Void’ (2003). Photo: Nick West

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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Void’ (2003). Detail. Photo: Nick West

Tatsuo Miyajima was born in Tokyo (1957). The artist lives and works in Moriya in Ibaraki Prefecture.
http://tatsuomiyajima.com
©Nick West 2016