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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:          

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT

ITARU SASAKI AND THE   

TELEPHONE OF THE WIND

FROM NHK WORLD/JAPAN

 

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A mourner making a call.

The original Phone of the Wind was conceived by a Japanese gardener, Itaru Sasaki, to cope with the loss of a cousin he missed having conversations with. He placed it in his garden. In 2011, after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that swept away so many lives in Japan, he moved the phone to a hillside overlooking the Pacific ocean, so that others could find comfort talking to loved ones who are gone.