|"The Shape of Fundamental Energy II" II.|
First, Tetsunori Kawana's work: two very large scale pieces; they start out as fresh, green bamboo and slowly dry and turn their current color once installed. The one above reminds me of a whirlwind. It's a tall piece, maybe 10 feet high?
|"Passage: Culture Current""s|
The arched sculpture was huge in area but not as tall as the "whirlwind" and was a wonderful contrast to the grassy hill. Part of it looked like golden wheat bending in the wind or tunnels you might crawl under. The artist indicates the loopy forms represent water connecting two cultures. You may view his website here with more photos and video.
This part of the sculpture was more chaotic as compared to the part near the top of the grassy hill, with bundles of bamboo looping like giant ribbons in the landscape.
Stephen Talasnik's sculptures all floated on a rectangular lily pond; in fact, they are called "The Floating World" on his website. They were made from thin bamboo and some other elements that were used to add texture as well as fastening the bamboo together: wire and zip-ties.
|A basket-like form|
|Red lilies in a pond|
|Shofu-en, the new Japanese Garden|
I did see other parts of the garden, including the Japanese Garden, and the new Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion. The only bad thing was I didn't get to spend more time there! Click here to view slideshows of the artists working with teams of people installing the bamboo.
PS: The next entry will be photos of a printmaking workshop I'm taking in Santa Fe, New Mexico next week!