La forêt des murmures

Halfway up Mt. Danyama, 400 wind chimes are installed in a forest, tinkling in the breeze. On strips of transparent material hanging from each bell are the names of loved ones written by past visitors. The sound of the wind chimes summon up the mystery of the soul, paying homage to the memory of those individuals, expressing both the vitality and transience of human life. New visitors are invited to leave behind the name of a beloved one. At a later date, this name will be engraved on a strip in the visitor’s own handwriting, and will start swinging in the breeze, becoming part of the artwork.

Artist: Christian Boltanski   Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa

Closed Please see Open Days Calendar.
Hours 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission Admission Fee:Free
Registration Fee*: JPY5,000
*This is the price for inscribing a beloved person’s name on a strip hanging from a wind chime. The registration takes place at Les Archives du Cœur in Teshima
Viewing Time 15 minutes
Group Visits (10 people and more) Reservation not required
Parking Please use the parking lot of Karato Oka Shukaijo Mae Bus Stop
Inquiry +81-(0)879-68-3555 (Teshima Art Museum)
Address 1771 Karato, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa 7614662 Japan
URL http://benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/la-foret-des-murmures.html
Access

Approximately 20 minutes on foot from Karato Oka Shukaijo Mae Bus stop

We recommend wearing walking shoes as the access is through a steep dirt road