“Moerenuma Park” in the northeastern part of Sapporo city, Hokkaido is a park where nature and art are integrated, which the world-famous sculptor Isamu Noguchi handled the basic design. When you stand in a large site, you feel as if you are in a work of art rather than being in a park. Moerenuma Park, as its name says, is a park in Lake Moere. Originally this was a garbage disposal site from Sapporo city, but it was built as a city park in a place where about 2.7 million tons of waste was landfilled.
Construction started in 1982, initially thought to create a general park that makes use of waterside. However, Isamu Noguchi, Japanese American sculptor, cooperated fully with the park design, and decided to make a big change to a park surrounded by art that is not elsewhere.
It is a park created under the concept of “making the whole a sculpture work”, in the park there are geometrically shaped mountains, playground equipment, fountains and other facilities. The arrangement of any objects is well thought out, and it is artistic in any scene.
The park is about 1.89 square kilometers including the swamp and it takes about 20 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the end of the park. When you walk slowly, you need a considerable amount of time. So it is recommended to use a bicycle to walk in Moerenuma Park. Because there is a bicycle rental, let’s make effective use by all means.
In spring you can enjoy cherry blossoms, in summer you can enjoy water at “Moere Beach” for children made by imagining the seaside, and in winter you can also enjoy skiing and sleighing at “Mt. Moere”.
The landscape in which nature and art merged became a topic little by little, tourists from abroad as well as Sapporo citizens came to visit a lot. Why do not you visit the sculpture on the green landscape?
The word of “Moere” is meaning “The current in this river is gentle”. The Moere pond is a lake called a “riverbed lake” of the Toyohira river flowing through the Sapporo city. It can be said that the Moerenuma park among the horseshoe-shaped Moere pond is the landscape of the dream achieving the fulfillment of Isamu Noguchi’s ideas
Many impressive art objects which he left, which harmonizing well each other, in the very large garden of 189 hectares is welcoming people. Everyone from adults to children touch the art object naturally, and they can taste a sense of unity that seemed to become a part of them. It is the space that you can call “The Art Park”.
Conspicuously eye-catching thing in Moerenuma park is “The glass pyramid” called “HIDAMARI”. It is complicated appearance that a triangle, a quadrangular pyramid, a cube were combined, and an impression of it is variously by the viewing angle.
“The fountain of the sea” of 48 meters in diameter is reasonable to call it “the sculpture of the water”, and the popularity spot of visiting people. It is illuminated luxuriously in the evening. You may sense different charm of the daytime by adding fantastic light,
It produce various pleasure for the people through the four seasons, and becomes the attractive site of various events. It is a proud spot of Sapporo burning into your memory.
|Adresse:||Moerenuma-koen 1-1, Higashi-ku, Sapporo 007-0011 Japan|
|Access:||Sapporo Municipal Subway Toho-sen Line “Sakaemachi-eki Station” (30 minutes by bus)|