SEED proliferation

OwnerUbe City
Search TypeOutdoor Sculpture
Japanese TitleSEED 増殖
Artist伊藤 憲太郎 ITO Kentaro
ExhibitionThe 18th UBE Biennale
PlaceCity Center
MaterialStainless Steel

The sculpture consists of two huge, joint spheres with a diameter of 2m each. It stands precariously and almost erect, while the lower sphere keeping a minimal contact with the ground. The instability creates the sensation that the work is alive and about to move. The stainless steel features a mirror-finished surface, which takes in the landscape while at the same time stands in contrast to the surroundings, establishing its distinctive presence as a sculpture. The mirror surface of the lower sphere reflects the ground, while the upper sphere reflects the sky. The two visions crisscross at an angle at the joint, creating an illusion that the two spheres rotate and split from each other. The dynamism of the work further adds a visual sensation that it twists and breaks the landscape apart and multiplies. A spherical mirror always captures the viewer right in the middle of the reflection. Therefore, an artwork comprising of a spherical mirror always features the viewer at the core of the scene it creates. When the viewer finds him/herself in the reflections of the upper and lower spheres, he/she would see how he/she is held in a landscape that splits. The title, “SEED”, implies the splitting cell represented by the two spheres, which capture both the landscape and the viewer in its splitting movement.
Document ID21593
Source第18回現代日本彫刻展 宇部興産株式会社賞