The work of Tadashi Kawamata (b. 1953, Hokkaido, JP) is much admired in Europe and the rest of the world. The artist focuses on production processes and social and historical aspects of art. Kawamata’s work transcends the purely artistic context and extends into the fields of architecture, urban planning, history, sociology, everyday communication and even medical care. Tadashi Kawamata often creates installations in public spaces, especially transitional zones, such as areas under construction or demolition. He uses found or recycled wood and other materials to build structures that create surprising interfaces with the surroundings. This has the effect of making viewers look at places in a different light and therefore question their relationship with their habitat.
The Bruges Beguinage is a place that exudes peace and tranquility. In the courtyard, surrounded by ancient houses and the church, Tadashi Kawamata installed a dozen tree houses. As guardians, they watch over the Beguinage and all who pass there.