Star Tram Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
2017 Public Art
Official name：Star Tram Hiroshima
Address：16 Hacchobori Naka-ku Hiroshima city Hiroshima, Japan
Building owner：Nippon Life Insurance Company, Hiroshima Electric Railway
Architectural Design / Building Constraction：KUME SEKKEI co.ltd / KAJIMA CORPORATION, OBAYASHI CORPORATION, Hiroden Constraction Co.,Ltd., KOUJIGUMI Co.,Ltd. joint venture
Space：Entrance hall of Office building
Art direction by : TOWN ART co., Ltd.
Sculpture Production/Construction：MONO-KOBO. CO.LTD
Plastering Wall: Kazuhiro Yokoyama
Photographs by Shinji Miyamoto (Shin Photoworks) and TOWN ART co., Ltd.
N 34°23’ 41.57”, E 132°27’ 42.16”
A public artwork in a building co-constructed by two companies; Nippon Life Insurance and Hiroshima Railways that have played a central role in the daily lives of Hiroshima’s citizens over the last 100 years.
A star shaped crossing point on the floor is formed by the reflection of a half-mirrored glass plate that shows the building’s coordinates of latitude and longitude and symbolizes the connection of the two companies. A rail embedded on the floor looks as if it extends to the other side of the glass plate. On a black, curved hand-plastered wall, brass bars of various length run vertically, each indicating the meridian of 0.01second. Everyday we cross invisible latitudes and meridians. The coordinates are likened to ‘the present’, with the stretching rail illustrating the unchanging path that these two companies take from the past to the present, and into the future.
Material：rail of Hiroshima Electric Railway, Plastering Wall, brass、half mirror glass others