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Within the garden is a pool of water. At one end there is a shelter. A downpour! We run for cover. The sound of rain patters on the steel above. … Read More
Within the garden is a pool of water. At one end there is a shelter. A downpour! We run for cover. The sound of rain patters on the steel above. We sit and watch droplets dance upon the pool. Suddenly the roof falls forward and empties and a flat sheet water before our eyes. Empty, the roof regains its balance with a loud ‘GONG’. Silence. A diminishing wave travels back and forth across the pool. A dry place to meditate in the rain. Rain is a unique event periodically announced by the shelter. Rain is a unique event periodically announced by this shelter. The concept is derived from the Japanese ‘deer chaser’ (shishi odoshi or more specifically, the souzu), an iconic bamboo fountain found in traditional Japanese gardens. Water from a stream is diverted into a pivoting hollow length of bamboo. When it fills, the bamboo reaches a tipping point and spills its contents into a pool or bucket. Once emptied, the hollow bamboo quickly regains its balance, striking a hard stopper with a loud ‘clack’. Naturally, this ingenious device was meant to scare deer and boar out of ornate Japanese gardens. The periodic clack has a more spiritual effect. Each rhythmic clack marks the inevitable passage of time. Similarly, as rain falls upon the roof of this rain shelter, it drains forward, entering the thin slot along the roof's lip. The hollow void within the steel roof steadily fills with rain water. The roof fills until it reaches a tipping point. The roof pivots forward and water sluices out in a continuous thin sheet through the slot. Once emptied, the roof pivots back, regaining its balance against the stopper with loud gong-like clang that resounds within the hollow steel roof. ししおどし 庭の中には水面があり、その端には雨宿りの屋根。 突然の土砂降り! 雨宿りを求めて走る。 頭上から聞こえる雨粒の落ちる音。 座って雨宿りをしながら、雨粒がダンスをしながら水面に描く円を眺める。 突然、屋根が前方に傾き溜まった水が滝のように水面に流れ出す。 空っぽになった屋根は、バランスを戻して元の傾きに戻り、"コ~ン”という音と共に、静寂を呼び戻す。 滝により発生した水面上の波は、暫く前後に行ったり来たりして、ようやく静まりかえる。濡れずに雨の中、瞑想する。雨の中の風流を楽しむ。 雨宿りの空間を通して、雨はユニークなイベントとして時々楽しめる。 日本庭園によく見かける竹でできた”ししおどし”をヒントに、この雨宿りのシェルターはデザインされた - 雨が屋根に溜まるとその重みで屋根が傾き、水がこぼれて内部が空になる。すると屋根は元の傾きに戻る。この際に屋根が支持台を叩き、音響を生ずる。 なんて、風流なんだろう! Read Less
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