Hiroshi Sugimoto’s beautiful glass-ified shrine in Naoshima


In 2002, Hiroshi Sugimoto decorated Go’o Shrine on Naoshima with an optical glass staircase that leads to a subterranean stone chamber. It’s now a permanent part of the Art House Project, an amazing art project on Naoshima that walks you through a small traditional Japanese village with several obscure buildings that have stunning contemporary experiential art pieces hidden in them. The most dramatic one was James Turrell’s Minamidera — a spiritual worship place transformed into a seemingly pitch black room that slowly over time metamorphoses into one of his signature empty rectangular box meditative spaces.

Go’o Shrine for Art House Project

13 thoughts on “Hiroshi Sugimoto’s beautiful glass-ified shrine in Naoshima

  1. Wow, this Naoshima sounds so interesting!!! and I thought I ran out of fun places to go to when visiting to Japan 🙂 Thanks for your journey there and your words about this magical place!