sand vase

japanese designer yukihiro kaneuchi's latest project draws on bou-toshi, a game most played by those enrolled in the 
national defense academy of japan in which two teams (composed of 150 players each - 75 defense, 75 offense)
compete to gain control over a single large pole. the activity involves individuals making a heap of sand in which they place 
a pole in the centre. each player takes turns removing sand, and the one who causes the pole to fall loses. 
kaneuchi has created a series of vases based on the rules and elements of this game that has been played for centuries. 
entitled 'sand' a set of three vessels emulate the heap of the granular composite built-up around the 'pole',
which in this case is a glass tube. here the sand formation nears collapse, bringing a tension and beauty to the flowers contained within.


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