The Monument of Time
Daniel J. Derflinger
Artist Statement
To which extent are we responsible for our actions for future generations? The monument reminds us of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, pointing out which effects it caused on mankind and nature, but also how vulnerable and strong nature can be. The contaminated area must be covered with concrete. The shape is based on a folded analogy of piling up tectonic plates, allowing flora and fauna to grow during thousands of years. At the positions of the former reactors an interior space opens up, before fading into the sea. Arriving at the "Monument of Time“ focuses on one direction as the goal. At the end of the long ramp through a narrow slit you enter the reactor hall, filled with light. As time is passing by, the concrete collapses with increasing vegetation. Initially bare and defined only by the triangular structure, it will later remain visible only as fragments.
The Monument of Time resembles the effects of past and present on the near and far future. Although my artwork should be seen as „paper architecture“ The Monument of Time bounds fictionally the „then“, „now“ and „after“ together. The disaster of Fukushima had a tremendous impact on Japanese society and the local environment of Fukushima. Thinking of Japan’s and the world’s future, especially in terms of science such as nuclear power plants, our generation needs to establish future perspectives. With new perspectives of the young generation in re-thinking their environment, Japan can grow and prosper.
Artist Bio
The first contact with architecture was the presentation of the classical Japanese teahouse. Fascinated by its construction, atmosphere and aesthetics, my architecture journey began. I have graduated from a high federal technical college of construction engineering with a thesis on traditional Japanese joinery. Currently I am finishing my bachelor study of architecture at the Art and Design University Linz in Austria. Through my work in several architecture offices, I could gain experience in the real designing process of architectural and urban spaces. In my own projects I try to implement the aesthetics and concepts of Japanese architecture. Nowadays, I pursue the research on the social role of architecture, its behaviour in the social-cultural context.