You, The Whole Creation#1705

Through the windows of the former junior-high-school building that stands against the backdrop of a dense forest, the viewer feels as if he/she were enveloped within a sense of wild lives. This work, which uses two classrooms, expresses Maruyama’s wish for human beings to face all other existences so that we can gain a deeper understanding and live in harmony with them. In this work, the “others” that the “human images” face include not only animals and plants, but also the spirit of the earth, the gods of nature, and the celestial bodies. Those “others” look graciously toward the human side, while also connecting with the external world that lies beyond the exterior walls of the school. This results in summoning the dense sense of existence of all external creations into the world of Maruyama’s work.