Japan hosts a one-of-a-kind outdoor art gallery once every three years, called the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. Combining the outdoors with amazing art, the al fresco gallery passes through 200 villages in Niigata, Japan. This is approximately 190,000 acres of outdoor space!

There are plenty of site-specific artworks from all over the world, a total of 160 artists from Japan and elsewhere. While each piece is different, and each artist has their own style, the one thing they all have in common is that each piece of art pays respect to the theme that humans are part of nature.

The event started in the year 2000, so this year was its 6th ever in 15 years. Triennale curator and director Fram Kitagawa put a book together called “Art Place Japan: The Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the Vision to Reconnect Art and Nature,” which includes all 800 artworks created for the festival since its inception.

Here are some highlights from this year’s event which lasted from July 26 to September 13:

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You can visit the festival’s website for more information. “Art Place Japan: The Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the Vision to Reconnect Art and Nature” is now available through Amazon and other retailers.

Artwork and images owned by their respective artists and photographers. h/t: Colossal, My Modern Met and Biennial Foundation

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