In the olive grove just outside the park, Inoue's installation invites the visitor on a meditative journey. Low steps lead to a gravel-filled square bordered by segments of pietra serena taken from Celle's medieval aqueduct. Two columns, each eleven-meters high, direct the visitor toward a long corridor between two high stone walls. Half-way down the walk, a small fountain of water placed between two niches containing low marble seats provides a moment for purification and reflection. Continuing on, the visitor reaches a small door that opens into a narrow, twisting tunnel leading underground. The path, albeit dark and confusing, eventually gives way to light and reason: a spiral staircase takes the visitor up to ground level and into a large glass cube that opens onto the farmland.
Born in Hara in 1930, Bukichi Inoue lived and worked in Kamakura where he died in 1997.
After holding his first exhibition at the Kunugi Gallery in Tokyo in 1958, he played an active role in several avant-guard groups before withdrawing in 1961 to devote himself entirely to his own line of research which he showed in numerous group and one-man shows internationally. From 1969 to 1974 he directed the project for the Hakone Open-Air Museum, designing some of the buildings in the exhibition complex. The next year he designed the Ikeda Museum of Twentieth Century Art for the city of Ido before leaving for a residency at the Bethanien program in Berlin. Four years spent in Europe led to prestigious group and one-man shows held in Middleheim, Kassel, Paris, Aachen, Krakow, Utrecht, Zurich and Berlin. From 1979 to 1984 he was invited by the French government to participate in the project for the open air museum in Marne la Vallée.
In 1979 he carries out the first "Sky Hole" for the Hakone parkand the series of permanent installations evolved through works conceived for outdoor museum spaces in Sapporo, Utsukushi-gahara, Nara, Toyama and Hiroshima. At the same time he held personal exhibitions at the Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo (1985); the City Art Museum, Tokyo (1985); the City Art Museum, Mie and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (1987). In the 1990s he devotes his work especially to the series of Sky Holes, true artworks-architectures which he carries out on commission for important private and public spaces. In 1994 the Hakone Open-Air Museum celebrated its 25 anniversary with a one-man show devoted to Inoue