Creation Project 2020
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The exhibition is the 2020 edition of the annual charity event known as “Creation Project.” This year’s show will take place through a collaboration involving 160 creative artists, who each designed a masu box, and artisans of Ogaki, a city of modest size located in southwestern Gifu Prefecture, who handcrafted them.
“Masu” are square wooden boxes originally developed for use as measuring utensils. Gradually, this practical role was largely replaced by other uses: for example, as attractive receptacles for small items and, quite commonly, as containers for drinking saké.
The city of Ogaki produces roughly 80 percent of all masu boxes made in Japan. Masu boxes are made from hinoki, Japanese cypress, a native wood prized for its visual beauty and fragrant scent. The boxes are environmentally harmonious in that their wood components are assembled from remnants of processed lumber, i.e. no trees are cut specifically to make masu boxes.
The exhibition at Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden will also feature masu boxes designed by children in “Creation Kids Lab 2020,” a workshop held online this August.
The items designed by the 160 participating creative artists will be available for purchase at the two galleries and online. The proceeds will be donated to the “Save the Children” charity organization for allocation to support children in families adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, children affected by the flood disasters of July 2020, etc.
Exhibition Venues: Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden *Advance reservations are required at Creation Gallery G8.