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Tama River Project



A plan for Kamo River Project  



Bank of Tama River (多摩川河川敷), Tokyo, December, 1996

Urban Intervention with Mixed media




Contemporary Art Factory(現代美術製作所), Tokyo, March 2002

Urban Intervention with Mixed media

In Japan, on the bank of rivers where lovers hang around, we often see that each pair of lovers sits down keeping equal distance from the neighbouring pairs to ensure each other’s privacy. Masuyama took notice of such a peculier phenomenon.  He created private room-style bench seats and placed them on the bank of Tama River, equidistant from each other.  Lovers used such private room benches every day.  In a week, a used condom was found from a bench room as an evidence proving that lovers enjoyed the work. Masuyama created the benches in nice size for two adults and cut the rear walls to create the pictograms for male and female that we often see in bathrooms, so that they would be easily recognized as benches for the use of lovers. Masuyama plans to install this project at the Kamo River in Kyoto - a location notorious for the phenomena of equidistant couples. This project has not been realized yet.  However, the plan of such Kamo River Project was presented at Contemporary Art Factory in Tokyo. Considering the results of questionnaire from users of Tama River Project, Masuyama revised the benches and made them bed-type so that they could prompt lovers to do various sexual deeds.  Also he improved the design so that the benches could be folded for easy installing. 



Photo 3 : Masaya Yoshimura

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