real eguchi & barbara flanagan-eguchi (bREAL)

this is the name of the artist who created the installation

Bunnies overrun Kiwi Gardens

fieldwork - hares and squares by real eguchi at kiwi gardens
fieldwork - hares and squares by real eguchi at kiwi gardens
fieldwork - hares and squares by real eguchi at kiwi gardens

The bunnies had a fun-filled weekend!  First they went to the big city, Ottawa, to check out, and be checked out at  the New Art Festival.  Then fieldworkers, Chris Grosset and Susie Osler took them to their summer digs at Kiwi Gardens near Perth, where they are currently happily cavorting about!  Thanks go to Paul Loiselle and Max at Kiwi Gardens for their help in installing these slightly oversized hares and squares. 

For those of you who missed this fieldwork installation last summer (when it was installed here in the field), now's your chance to catch a glimpse of them in action.  They will be at Kiwi for the rest of the summer so please visit this fabulous place!

For more information about 'Hares and Squares' you can search our site for postings and information on the installation by typing 'hares and squares' into the search window.  It was created for fieldwork last summer by Barbara and Real Eguchi.

Hares & Squares (featured in Professional Design Journal)

Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates

HARES & SQUARES featured in GROUND 07, Landscape Architect Quarterly

The fieldwork summer 2009 art installation hares & sqaures is featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Ground 07, Landscape Architect Quarterly.

This is a publication of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

The website for the OALA is www.oala.ca.

REFLECTIONS (Sixth and Final Posting) hares & squares

Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates


REFLECTIONS (Sixth and Final Posting) hares & squares

 

We visited the installation on Thanksgiving weekend.

 

We recalled after the installation that we had taken a number of photos and then we drove off leaving the work to stand on its own. We were surprisingly quite tearful. I think we had become quite attached to the bunny shapes that we had cut out, and in our minds we had given them life and perhaps even personified them.

 

And yes, despite our informed understanding that they were not bunny rabbits, but hares, we refer to them as bunnies just like everyone else does.

 

Our didactic intent of identifying the shapes as hares that are not native is almost lost in notions of cute, if not cool, but not totally. A local paper, the Frontenac News, by total coincidence included a reporter’s discussion about hares as an alien species in the very same July 9th issue that the fieldwork project was featured in with a mention of the hares & squares project. So for that moment in time, in the Land O’ Lakes region of Ontario, there was arguably a serendipitous convergence of environmental awareness.

 

Our return to the installation was unceremonious. The intensity during the construction and installation had dissipated, the passion for the ideas have now carried on, the project now just a marker of our feelings at a certain time in our lives.

 

Plywood cutouts are not like family and friends or even the growing and living landscapes that we create or nature that we exist in. These are relationships that evolve and strengthen with time. Plywood cutouts are just inanimate things that can embody feelings and ideas that others might engage with, enjoy and learn from but they are static by comparison to living things.

 

What was remarkable, however, was that during the afternoon we spent in the field, about 50 cars drove by and most slowed down or stopped. The people in the cars all seemed to find great joy in the installation. Some got out of their cars to read the interpretive signs and thought out loud about the conceptual basis for the work. Many people took the time to photograph the installation and those more serious worked hard to get that perfect shot. Interestingly, the unapparent complexity of the work makes it difficult to photograph in its entirety at any given time since its configuration and orientation with respect to the sun and other elements poses challenges. It is this complexity that perhaps promotes a deeper engagement after the initial meeting with hares and squares.

 

The project is temporary and will be removed in the next few weeks. It will be displaced by more artwork that animates the field and the experiences of those that pass by. Even more so for those who are lucky enough to visit longer and engage more deeply with the field. It has been an interesting experience to create something that is knowingly transient. We tend to think of our work as permanent, even though we realize that everything, including ourselves, is always changing and by nature impermanent.

 

And accepting this has perhaps being the best lesson. The great joy and lesson in creating this project derives from realizing that we can and must channel our full and positive energy and passion into any experience, even if we are cognizant of its temporary nature.

 

But a greater joy was in sharing the fieldwork/ hares & squares experience with family, with friends, with the fieldwork collective and especially with the wonderful coordinator and curator, Susie Osler.

 

We trust this joy has been contagious!

 

Namaste! Godspeed!

 

Barbara & Real

MISCELLANEOUS THOUGHTS (Fifth Posting) Hares & Squares

Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
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Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates
Hares & Squares- Eguchi Associates

Miscellaneous Thoughts (Fifth Posting) hares & squares

 
We will be visiting the installation this Thanksgiving weekend and then off to the family cottage for a traditional Sunday dinner on our way to returning home to Toronto.
 
We’ve had some time to separate ourselves from the work and it will be interesting to get re-acquainted with perhaps a more objective viewpoint.
 
This posting includes a few more images we thought are interesting. We had posted a view from centre field previously and from there all the elements appear green. The idea was that the green leads us toward and across the road, the boundary we wanted to challenge.
 
The hares appear all orange and the squares all green in the view approaching from the east along the road. This is reversed when approaching from the west.
 
We knew we wanted to install the hares and squares along two gentle converging arcs but we were not sure about the exact location or layout. We had been asked if we would mind if another artwork, Heavenly Blue, a terra cotta warrior (soldier) installed during the spring season, remained in place for part of the time that our work was installed. Not only did we not mind, but we looked forward to the challenge of engaging with another element in the field since we believe that if we embrace an uncontrolled, complex array of relationships, that makes our lives, if not our work, more interesting.
 
When we arrived at the site for the installation, and not knowing the location of the soldier, we decided to align the hares with the soldier while allowing the soldier to stand proudly on its own. The two pieces relate well, and many visitors have actually thought that there was an intentional relationship from the conceptual beginnings, but of course there was not.
 
It seems to be the unexpected that confronts us with challenges and brings us delight. The process of creation seems to strengthen when we embrace the unknown rather than fearing it.

SIMPLE CONSTRUCTIONS (Fourth Posting) hares & squares

Eguchi Associates Landscape Archiects

 

Simple Constructions (4th Posting) Hares & Squares

 

The joy of creating a project that is a temporary installation reminds us of the beauty of a spring ephemeral and life itself. We apply our most intense focus, appreciation and passion to the artwork because we know its existence is limited.

 

The challenge for the project was to economically construct the artwork out of material that would withstand outdoor conditions for the duration of the 2009 summer season. Vandalism was not considered an issue and the artwork, if used as shooting targets, (while not encouraged), would be deemed to be an essential part of the evolving artwork.

 

We considered various materials such as EVA foam and also extruded polystyrene foam sandwiched between colourful, corrugated Coroplast sheets. There did not appear to be any easy way of mounting these materials in a simple and discreet way to withstand certain anticipated forces of nature.

 

In the end we settled on a more traditional palette of materials: 3/8 inch, exterior grade, good one side plywood, 2 by 3/4/6’s, screws, construction adhesive, metal T posts and paint.

 

The construction process started with hand drawn sketches developed further into cadd drawings of the final outlines of the shapes. The larger structural 2 by members were located as well.

The process was primitive. We projected the drawings with our laptop connected to a video projector and hand traced the outlines onto the sheets of plywood on our driveway. It was a truly memorable, moonlit evening.

 

In contrast to the complex technologies that we live with every day, we seem to find that basic craft-making using simple tools and common materials connects our inside world to the outside world in a very direct and calming manner.

 

After screwing over twelve hundred, 1 ¼ inch, zinc plated, # 8 wood screws, the original 15 sheets of 4 by 8 plywood took form.

 

Neighbourhood wonder evolved into smiles and neighbourly delight!!!!


INSPIRATIONS (Third Posting) hares & squares



INSPIRATIONS (THIRD POSTING) Hares and Squares
 
 
Inspirations are derived from many sources. I am reminded of a few. We live and work in Toronto, a large city, and the site located in a rural environment provided inspiration due to its stark contrast to the sites we generally work with.
 
We often stop when there is a dead earthling on the highway, pushing it off to the side into the soft landscape where it can decompose and return to the earth with dignity.
 
The hare was one such being, a European Hare, a naturalized alien but not considered invasive.
 
The ubiquitous orange daylily that at one time dominated our own garden has also naturalized well, but is it invasive? We see the same daylily along many country roads including Old Brooke Road, its colour the inspiration for the painting of the artwork.
 
 
An old spring toy sits in our back garden. Is it a rabbit or a hare? No longer useable due to new safety standards, it was salvaged. Seen through the colours of the bonfires we often have, the simple toy suggested a direction for the artwork.
 
The leaves in the valley cut square, was an earlier exploration and intervention.
 
What engages our attention the most? Square shapes that mimic signage boards but are not signs, or oversized hare cutouts that jump out as we drive by? Both remind us of the relationships, the joy and the delightful surprises that are part of the landscape and part of who we are?

With Gratitude (Second Posting) hares & squares

 
With Gratitude (hares & squares-Second Posting)
 
Over the next few weeks we will post some additional photos of the installed work as well as concept development/ construction images.
 
But first it is important to say thanks. Thanks to the fieldwork collective for inviting us to participate in its very interesting project and to the members of the collective for assisting with our installation. A special thanks to Susie Osler for her guidance, her unwavering confidence in us and for her extensive assistance over several months. Thanks to Ye for his critical input with design and construction. Thanks to Tom for his engineering/ construction advice and to Ken for his construction, delivery and installation assistance. Thanks to John for his installation help and for bringing much needed humour and joy to that part of the process. Thanks to Jahra and Marlise for their help and growing understanding.
 
Many friends and family members offered advice along the way and we appreciated every comment.
 
We have deep feelings of gratitude knowing that it is a privilege to undertake creative works and to experience the wonderful relationships that develop during and after their creation. We hope that our project brings, joy, wonder, delight, or at least a smile, to all who view hares & squares in the virtual domain, but hopefully many will experience the work in the field. Through experience with the project, we hope that we all might develop a stronger engagement with the field, with landscape, with nature, with each other and ultimately with our individual self.
 
Barbara and Real Eguchi

Project Description (First Posting) hares & squares



The Concept (hares & squares-First Posting)

Since this is our first blog posting, here is a project description.

The project takes its form in two-dimensional, oversized lawn ornaments. The lawn shadow is a form of ‘folk art’ and is generally painted black. hares & squares imitates this common folk art in form but creates contrast through the use of bright colours. It encourages us to be more attentive to the local landscape.
 

Biologically diverse landscapes that provide habitat for native plant and animal species are critical to our sustainable future. hares & squares reminds us of the alien elements introduced by human beings that may negatively affect the bio-diversity of the landscape.
 
The Jackrabbit or European Hare, Lepus europaeus, is non-native to the countryside of Southern Ontario. It is believed that Jackrabbits are descendents of captive hares imported from Germany that became feral in the early 20th century when they escaped from a farm near Cambridge, Ontario.
 
The squares, icons of urbanism, are unnaturally placed in this rural setting and mimic signage boards that interrupt our view of the picturesque countryside. In this instance, the squares appear to be tumbling and off balance, dancing in harmony and in counterpoint with the hares.
 
hares & squares is positioned at the edge of the field and intersects with the road. The road and the field are engaged by, and form part of the artwork, and in so doing, we are reminded that the road, field and indeed, most of us, are in essence foreign. Where we enjoy refuge, we must guide our actions with appreciation, humility and respect. The road provides access yet forms a boundary. How do we recognize when we have traveled too far beyond our boundaries, especially the limits of our place in nature?
 
hares & squares asks us to continually explore and consider how human intervention impacts ecological health and ultimately our own well-being.

 

Hares & Squares

Eguchi's fieldwork Installation 'Hares & Squares'
Eguchi's fieldwork Installation 'Hares & Squares'

Real and Barbara Eguchi installed their work Hares & Squares in the field last Saturday (July 11) despite inclement weather and wow are they ever eye-popping!

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