Over 30 years the artist Hiroshi Fuji, without being swayed by the currents of fashion, has kept his eye intently upon society, community and the everyday, coming to tackle big statements such as "Turning towards a Recycling Society" and "Transforming Local Communities". Since the invention of the toy exchange system "Kaekko" in 1999 over 5000 events have taken place over 1000 different sites across Japan and internationally, while also responding to local issues and leading to the development of citizen led community based projects.
This exhibition taking "kaeru" as its theme (meaning to change, to return, to exchange, to be able purchase) brings together over 50,000 toys gathered together over 13 years of "Kaekko", along with various installations and workshops. Furthermore with a mountain of materials such as plastic and wire which Fuji has amassed through his everyday life and various projects, there will also be a range of works made from these recycled goods, along with an introduction to the chain of regional activities Fuji has fostered, as well as a silent auction where you may have the chance to bid for selected works.
From children to senior citizens this is an exhibition to be enjoyed by all, with plenty to see, think, discover and experience, a perfect summer holiday outing.