Artist Ariel Schlesinger, architect Stephanie Choi, and carpenter Masao Sato rebuilt a Japanese temple structure originally built by Sato in 1986 in Santa Cruz as a social space at Solitude.
Video by Hagen Betzwieser — May 24, 2016
The project Temple Solitude is a collaboration between Israeli artist Ariel Schlesinger, American architect Stephanie Choi and Japanese carpenter Masao Sato. They rebuilt a Japanese temple structure originally built by Masao Sato in 1986 in Santa Cruz. The reconstruction in the courtyard of the Akademie around the linden tree will not be a faithful recreation. The final design comprises a more site specific work that incorporates the architecture and landscape of the Schloss Solitude grounds. In the 18th century the original rococco gardens featured a Chinese pavilion. A symbolic addition was made to the courtyard garden of one of the flanking officer and cavalier buildings when the local Reichsarbeitsdienst organization planted a linden tree on May 1st, 1936, which remains the only visible trace of the Second World War at Solitude. Eighty years later, at the exhibition openings on May 12, the encasement of the tree with the temple gives the tree a new meaning as a space for the public to converge. The interior of the temple will be empty serving as a receptacle for the Solitude fellows and the public to fill.
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