The word 'heterotopia' is a term coined by Michel Foucault, meaning spaces of otherness neither here nor there. It has been scheduled that Tokyo Heterotopia will continue to expand ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Public Art can take various forms and methodologies. In Japan, construction of three-dimentional objects and sculptures newly in a public space has no longer been the mainstream of Public Art since 2000s due to the country's prolonged economic stagnation. Under the circumstances, I nominate Tokyo Heterotopia as an innovative case to reconstruct the notion of Public Art because the work presents a new way of 'Place Remaking' in urban environment.
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