Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

Feb 12, 2015

Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

A mystery stone sculpture that someone created along the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture has left some residents puzzled and others seeing it as a good opportunity to generate interest in their mountain community. The sculpture, which is now about 2 meters tall, first ...

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature “Strandbeest” (“Beach Animal”) works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of ...

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

May 21, 2014

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As someone who liked to play with plastic Ultraman superhero and Kaiju monster toys as a child, Izumi Kato has been long familiar with soft vinyl, and since 2010, the artist has been using it to create sculptures. Unlike wood, which is often limited ...

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

Feb 5, 2014

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

by Matthew Larking

Masato Kodama's sculptures are concerned with light, gravity and air. For him, light is a symbol of tomorrow and potential futures, gravity represents the present and the past, and air is associated with memory.

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

Jan 23, 2014

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

The South African government has ordered the removal of a rabbit that was secretly sculpted into a recently unveiled statue of Nelson Mandela, an official said Wednesday. The artists who built the 9-meter-tall bronze colossus in Pretoria added a rabbit into the ear of ...

Somewhere between art and craft lies the beauty of Satoshi Someya

Dec 11, 2013

Somewhere between art and craft lies the beauty of Satoshi Someya

by Matthew Larking

Satoshi Someya has produced a cerebrally engaging and visually alluring exhibition. His “Digesting Decoration” positions him among the most significant contemporary lacquer artists working today. The primary concern is with “use,” as in the particularly utilitarian function of craft, as opposed to the ostensible ...

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

Oct 9, 2013

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

by David Labi

It’s difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction. Israeli artist Gil Yefman works with text, textures and ...

Buddha sculpted out of kids' snacks

Sep 19, 2013

Buddha sculpted out of kids' snacks

by Kanami Otomitsu

For several years artist Koshi Kawachi has been putting a favorite children’s snack called “umaibo” to an unusual use — sculpting the puffed corn sticks into little statues of the Buddha. At his home in Tokyo he has 107 of these “Umaibutsu” (“Tasty Buddha”) ...

'Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party'

Jul 24, 2013

'Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party'

by Alisa Yamasaki

This is the first solo exhibition in Japan of Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, who is known for his colorful sculptures of people and animals. Hung’s work fills three gallery spaces with some of the pieces also on display outdoors. His animated and personified interpretations ...