The Aomori Museum of Art appears as a series of large white cubes rising from a meadow. As the visitor approaches a large incision in the ground appears in front of the museum displaying concrete teeth along the side of a lowered walkway. The walkway leads to the Sannai-Maruyama excavation site located nearby which formed the inspiration for the Museum’s Architecture.
The reference to the excavation site continues inside where the building invades the ground space, creating a large exhibition hall containing Marc Chagall Ballet backdrops. Around this space smaller galleries and walkways are arranged with openings which peer into the larger hall. The typical gallery white walls are occasionally disbanded for earthen walls and floors which add welcomed warmth and directly enhance the well chosen exhibits within.
Aomori (青森) translates as blue forest, so fittingly the Museum has chosen the tree as a logo. This attention to a visual identity and the graphics found throughout the museum add to its overall design appeal.
Existing in his own earthen walled excavated area, a large statue of dog ‘Aomori-ken’, by well-known artist Nara Yoshitomo is the Museums main attraction.