THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Permanent Exhibits

Goto Ryoji

Goto Ryoji (Japan, 1951–)

Intersecting Space Construction, 1978

Stainless steel, 400×220×240cm

Goto used the molecular structure of diamonds as a foundation and replaced the carbon atoms, which have four limbs, with human bodies. After creating Diamond Structure (collection at the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum), he created this sister piece.

A total of 144 figures, or 72 each of black male figures and red female figures, line up with outstretched limbs as they connect their hands and feet. By using a geometric form, the sentimentality of human emotions has been erased, creating a highly energetic sculpture of what looks like a dance by a group of anonymous people.