Murou Art Forest is a feast for the eyes in a remote location of Nara Prefecture. This outdoor sculpture and modern Japanese garden is found in Muro Village. It is filled with giant sculptures designed by the Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan in 2006. The designer, Karavan, is known for his amazing and monumental landscapes. Karavan gained international recognition for placing extraordinary art works in public places so he was a perfect choice to turn this area into an art trail - the theme of which is to bring nature and art together. The first sculpture the Spiral Bamboo Forest with an entrance surrounded by bamboo trees with metal spiral stairs leading deep into the ground. Afterwards, the path leads to the undulating Spiral Canal - a channel to that is a protection from rain. Next on the trail is Sun Island, a circular staircase tower where the sunlight creates a thin line of bright light. It is in the middle of a pond though you can walk to the top. The next scenic architecture is Stage Island with a circular wooden stage in the middle of another pond complete with a semicircle of seats - a great spot for outdoor performances. Then there is Pyramid Island, which is a large metal triangle in the pond near Stage Island. It is split right down the center making it two separate triangles. The last man-made island in the park is For the Birds which is simply trees and grass and not intended for park visitors, but as its name implies, it is “for the birds” underscoring the theme of harmony with nature.