• SHARE

Just before Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi died of pneumonia in 1988, he completed his final legacy, the master plan for Moerenuma Park north of Sapporo in Hokkaido. Seventeen years later, the 189-hectare park envisaged by Noguchi as one large sculpture was finally completed in July at a cost of 25 billion yen.

Probably the most consistently innovative and influential sculptor of the 20th century, Noguchi was recognized as a genius early on in his career, winning commissions for site-specific public sculpture, plazas, fountains, gardens and parks all over the world, including the UNESCO Headquarters garden in Paris; the sunken gardens at Yale University, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza in New York City; the distinctive water fountain that became a symbol of Osaka’s Expo ’70; and the interior stone landscape for Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)