Sakurai Hiroya

The Stream VII

DURATION: 5min 56sec

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course.

This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theatre, the artist filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.

Sakurai Hiroya


(Japan, 1958)

Sakurai Hiroya was born in Yokohama. His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust. He awarded also many prices around the world.