Upheaved Layers

OwnerUbe City
Search TypeOutdoor Sculpture
Japanese Title隆層
Artist清藤 隆由 KIYOFUJI Takayuki
ExhibitionThe 16th UBE Biennale
PlaceTokiwa Park

The sculpture looks like bulging and rising strata. The gigantic mass of terracotta (baked clay) has dimensions of 2m x 3m. As no kiln can accommodate a lump of clay at this scale, the sculptor cut the full-scale model into several dozens of smaller parts and pieced them together after baking them. The structure features wavy, horizontal folds of the strata, while vertical waves in the bottom layers swell upwards. Open-air sculptures made of pot clay used to be extremely rare, but sculptures like this one are finally emerging in recent years. The piece is installed at a corner of the loop route overlooking the red soil along the lakeside in the distance. The upheaval depicted in the piece against the backdrop of calm, stabilized strata makes us aware of the invisible signs of tectonic deformation underneath.
Document ID21575