Friday, December 23, 2011

Kawara in walls


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Kawara, ceramic rooftiles originally introduced from Korea for early temple roofs gradually spread to palaces and other major buildings.

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In the Edo period they began to be mass produced and came to be more widespread. By the twentieth century they had become the standard rooftile.

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Old rooftiles abound. Piled in stacks against collapsing buildings there must be millions of them lying around. A lot of people use them in gardens, to make paths and raised beds.

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Traditionally they have been recycled and used in the construction of walls.

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Kawara fascinate me. They make great photos. More galleries on kawara can be found here

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating... That first one is particularly artistic... Who'd have thought wall-builders would create such works of art...

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