The Three Magic Flowers of Jitchu was a temporary project to celebrate the work and genius of a monk, Jitchu, who lived in Todaiji Temple 1250 years previously. His temple architecture has been preserved and the esoteric performance he created is still enacted by Todaiji monks yearly since its conception. The three flowers of steel structure and hard plastic mesh, 7m high, and the 1000 steel sculptures, 45 cm high, installed in Kagami Lake in front of Daibutsuden Temple within the Todaiji complex of temples in Nara, symbolized the inspiration and influence of Jitchu’s work.

This installation proposal was first submitted for approval to the Todaiji committee of monks in 1985, re-presented and rejected yearly for 20 years before finally receiving approval. It was realized with the collaboration of voluntary organizations and students from around Japan and attracted several thousand visitors to the temple during its two-week installation.


Nara, Japan