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Reverse City is a fun art installation that revolves around giant pencil crayons suspended upside down from a steel frame on a large wooden structure. Part of one of the world’s largest international art festivals, Echigo-Tsumari, Reverse City resides outdoors in a mountainous region in Japan about two hours outside of Tokyo.
Created by Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, the Reverse City art installation may seem like a simple and playful art project, but it holds more meaning than the writing tools initially symbolize. On each color pencil, the name of a country is etched into it, making Reverse City a colorful index of the world. More than that, viewers standing beneath it will feel both awed and threatened by the sharp points staring down at them.