Wind Caravan was a project undertaken in 2000 and 2001. It involved installing 21 wind-powered kinetic sculptures by Susumu Shingu within the natural landscape of six remote locations across the world. Through interactions with the indigenous people of each locale, the project was aimed at learning from lifestyles in close contact with nature the possible shapes of future human life on earth. The project began in June 2000 with the installation of a work at a paddy field in front of the artist’s studio in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture. This was followed in November 2000 by an uninhabited island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand; a frozen-over lake in Arctic Finland in February 2001; rocky hills in Tamdaght, Morocco, in April; grasslands near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in July; and the vast coastal sand dunes of Ceará, Brazil, in November and December. At each locale, project members interacted with indigenous and local people, and conducted numerous workshops with local children. For example, rice planted in Sanda in partnership with local children was harvested in autumn and made into sushi rolls in New Zealand, where they were sampled by Maori children, ultimately establishing a link connecting the world via messages from child to child.
The Port of Kobe was where the Wind Caravan artworks were shipped from, and the artist is deeply grateful for his first opportunity of exhibiting at this location across time and space.