Light Design

Client: Kodai Ji Zen Temple, May 2010

The practice to have gardens of gravel and stone was introduced into Japan from China and Korea, but it was Zen monks who created Karesansui, the true and original Japanese garden of gravel and stones.

The project is a modern reinterpretation of some of the key elements that characterize a Zen garden: stones and grains of gravel. The stones become presences of light, and metaphorically represent different civilizations of the world, while the paths drawn on the gravel converging toward the temple, represent the mutual influence between culture and religion. These mutual influences generate the plot lines of light that symbolize movement, future and innovation.