Hello, Goodbye positions itself by pairing the spaces of social interactions (hello), with spaces of grief and remembrance (goodbye). Half celebration, half burial, the proposition revisits post-mortem possibilities and it’s pre-mortem relation. Looking at historical Japanese curation of after-life, a new ritual is created, unique excuse for a new architecture to emerge.
“I am a gardener. Should I say I was. It still feels strange and fairly new. I remember the day there were all there. They said goodbye, and I left, slowly drifting into water. It was delicate soft. My wife and my daughter were the ones to pick up the remains. there we also the ones who crafted new memories out of ti. My daughter made a small potter, for her son, my grand child. It was my will. I was hoping to bequeath him my love of flowers. He planted a tulip. I see him taking care of it and it warms my heart. Family and friends came to the first anniversary. I’m glad they don’t have the pressure to take care of the grave, they can juste watch the place evolve as they create new, beautiful, memories all together here. My daughter visits often. At first, I was sad for her overtime she would come, thinking that she was too. But now I know that she comes here because it comforts her; she juste loves water lilies.”