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2016

Water Block - Golden brass

The golden-brass “Water Block” was exhibited at the Golden Pavilion Temple - Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto.

The original glass bench "Water Block” forms the shape of solid water. It embraces the beauty of fortuity of water ripples and the moment of glass being solidified.The Water Block benches are permanently displayed at the Impressionist gallery of Musée d’Orsay in Paris, together with works of representative Impressionists, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

"Water Block - Golden Brass” takes the original form of the glass bench, but is newly created with brass with the exquisite casting technique of traditional Buddha statue making inherited over years in Japan.In this casting process, experienced craftsmen melt brass in a 1100℃ furnace, pour melted brass into a sand mold, and thoroughly polish it to shimmer in gold. 

Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji is located in Kyoto, which was formerly the imperial capital of Japan in 794. It was built as a symbol of Kitayama culture by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd general of Ashikaga shogunate during Muromachi period of Japan, in 1397. The spaces of 2nd and 3rd floors of this Zen temple building are covered with gold foils, and the building is designated as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, which are World Heritage Sites.

It was the first art exhibition held there privately, though it was not open to the public due to the Important Cultural Property. 

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