In a cemetery near Sapporo, Japan, Aadao Ando has surrounded a giant Buddha statue with a landscaped hill designed to draw attention to the 13.5 meter-tall sculpture. Ando’s brief was to highlight the scale of the figure, which was constructed 15 years ago.
The new intervention encircles the sculpture, leaving only the top of its head visible from outside the hill. In order to see the rest of the Buddha, visitors must navigate a 40 meter-long tunnel that leads to a rotunda that surrounds the statue.
Ando categorizes the work as a piece of landscape architecture, with its appearance changing depending on the time of year.
In spring and summer the site has verdant greenery and vibrant lavender. While in winter months, the cemetery is drape in a blanket of snow.