TELEPHONE OF THE WIND
If you build it...
In 2016, during an extended period of post-surgical bedrest, my creative instincts were lit up by a public radio story about the Phone of the Wind, and the Japanese gardener who made a phone booth so that he could continue having interesting conversations with a cousin whose death he was mourning. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami he moved his booth to a more public place so that others could come and talk to people they had lost. This story moved my imagination and my heart, as it has for other creative people around the world. I've gathered images of the original Phone of the Wind in Japan and from other installations inspired by Mr. Sasaki's generosity.
I have designed a soft-sided portable Phone of the Wind that I can bring to memorial gardens, sculpture parks, conferences, etc.. I am currently in a design process to build site specific hard-sided Wind booths. If you would like one installed in your community or are interested in this process, please be in touch! To read a blog post about my adventure with this work:
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The Phone of the Wind in News, Film, and Life
OUT IN THE WORLD
AT THE MOVIES!
Inspired by an actual occurrence in Japan, Haru who has relocated to Hiroshima in southern Japan comes across a rogue telephone booth in the middle of nowhere when she returns to Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan. She and several locals converse and they share their stories and the different states of belief regarding the booth.