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"Time/Timeless/No Time," by Walter De Maria, 2004


Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima


Naoshima is a small fishing island off the southern Japan coast on the Seto Inland Sea, between Honshu and Shikoku, within eyeshot of the city of Takamatsu.


During the 1990s, the Benesse Corporation, a Japanese texbook publisher, partnered with architect Tadao Ando to create Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a series of spectacular contemporary art museums designed around the theme of "Nature and Art." (There's a nice summary of the place here.)


Shrewdly, they also built the museums with hotel rooms in which visitors can stay.


No less shrewdly, we stayed. It was superb.

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Taken on July 27, 2005