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Park park, part art installation; this modernist space is like no other
Moerenuma Park in Sapporo challenges perceptions of what a park is. The large green space is punctuated not by plants, but with striking architectural features. A glass pyramid exhibition space (Hidamari), a 25-meter fountain (Sea Fountain), an artificial bathing area (Moere Beach), and a 62-meter high “mountain” (Mount Moere) make the park something of an art installation. The space is the brainchild of Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who designed the modernist park on the grounds of a landfill, completely transforming the area. His concept dictated that the entire park be made of smaller interactive art pieces that come together as a unified piece.
In summer, the playgrounds and climbable sculptures are open, and in winter, you can borrow cross-country ski equipment from the Hidamari. Moerenuma Park won a Good Design award in 2002 for its revitalization of formerly-wasted urban land. Visit the exhibition space at the top of the glass pyramid to see a collection of Isamu Noguchi’s work, and enjoy a cup of coffee in the restaurant on the ground floor.