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posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:24 AM by Art Link   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 4:27 AM ]
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Ise-Shima

Sustainable Ocean Project in Ago Bay

 

The eo_ipso project was started by German designer Kai Malte Röver, who has experience working globally and is now living in Japan as a product designer. He decided to use pearls for his eo_ipso series because pearl farming was invented in Japan and because Japanese pearls have become a symbol of oriental elegance.

 

Artklink has organized a collaboration between Mr. Röver and pearl farmers in Ago Bay, in the Ise-Shima area, who are concerned with both environmental and economic sustainability in their farming practices.

 

We use only untreated akoya pearls obtained directly from Ago Bay. During Japan’s postwar economic boom, Ago bay prospered with the growth of pearl farming and other types of sea farming. In the late 1960s, however, environmental destruction in the area became a social problem, as advancing oxygen deficiency in the seawater led to a dramatic decline in production of farmed pearls and other sea products. The main cause is thought to have been a collapse of the sea’s natural purification systems, as a result of sewage from the growing population, loss of tidelands to development projects, and the buildup of waste from pearl farming itself. In recent years, local governments, universities, and private citizens are combining their efforts to build a sustainable environment for both businesses and natural ecosystems in the Ago Bay area, and the situation is gradually improving.

 

The eo̠ipso project, through its jewelry products, aims to support sustainable local society and environment in Ise-Shima and Ago Bay, and to promote consumer awareness of these issues.


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伊勢志摩 英虞湾の里海計画

 

eo̠ipso(エオ_イプソ)プロジェクトは、日本在住の国際的に活躍するドイツ人デザイナー、カイ・ローヴァ―とArtLinkによるコラボレーションです。日本の衰退するローカルな伝統工芸や産業を活性化させ、環境と経済の両面において持続可能なプロダクトをデザインし、グローバルなアイデアをローカルに展開する試みです。

 

ローヴァ―の提案で、欧米で高く評価され日本をイメージさせる真珠を主題に選びました。経済と生態系の両面から持続可能性を両立するアプローチを採択した伊勢志摩の養殖業者から提供された英虞湾産非加工の真珠を使用しています。

 

高度成長期に真珠の養殖で活気があった英虞湾は、1960年代後半ごろから貧酸素化が進み、真珠養殖をはじめ海域の生物生産が著しく低下する環境悪化が社会問題となっていました。その主な原因は陸上からの生活排水や養殖からの蓄積物による負荷と、浄化作用をもつ干潟の消失による自然浄化能力の低下という極端なアンバランスによると考えられています。

そして現在は行政と住民が協力し持続可能な人と自然が共存できる里海づくりに尽力した結果、状況は改善されつつあります。


eoIPSOのサイトへ→www.eoIPSO.TOKYO

 

                                                                      

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