Dragon Pagoda 2016
The huge 16-meter-tall sculpture created out of a thousand logs, fifty thousand ceramic blocks and five hundred steep pipes, is the work of Takamasa Kuniyasu. The surrounding area is also home to the Ryujin Great Suspension Bridge and Mt. Zuiryu, the site of the Mito Tokugawa clan’s grave. It was this symbol of the ryujin, the dragon god who watches over Hitachiota city, that Kuniyasu drew on in his sculpture. The ryujin is said to be a water god and a patron of agriculture. Diligently piling up the logs and blocks on his own, Kuniyasu created the sculpture as a divine protector of the area and an object to which to pray, thinking to the times before religion when faith took a more modest form.