The Sunlight through Time

OwnerUbe City
Search TypeOutdoor Sculpture
Japanese Title時の木もれ陽
Artist橋本 真之 HASHIMOTO Masayuki
ExhibitionThe 16th UBE Biennale
PlaceTokiwa Park

The sculpture is made of spheres and sack-like various shapes made of hammered out copper plates, which are then connected (welded) or nested to take a bigger form. Because the metal requires to be manually hammered and stretched, the accumulated handiwork may reach several years to complete a work. The artist’s more recent works are closely correlated with the growth of trees and plants, impressing viewers with a mysterious presence and spectacle, as if a metal material like copper is there to coexist with plants. As the holes gaping here and there invite occasional rain water and fallen leaves, the sense of coexistence grows even stronger. The light filtering through holes in various sizes showcases beautiful interactions, just like the sunlight playing with leaves. The sculptor has made a significant contribution to the art world by developing the metal hammering craftwork to a large-scale open-air sculpture, thereby adding a new page to the Japanese sculpture. The work simultaneously won Ube City Open-air Sculpture Museum Award and Saitama Museum of Modern Art Award.
Document ID21572