The enchanting charm of the sculpture standing under the bright rays of the open air is unforgettable. There, the spread (or form) of the sculpture seems to laugh brightly in the dark and light created by the bright rays, and the volume of the sculpture has the feeling of breathing for the first time in a large natural space. And because the sculpture’s molding depends on the relationship between the expanse and the mass, the sculpture becomes vibrant for the first time in the bright light of the outdoors, like a living creature. Henry More, sculpture is an open-air art and needs the rays of the sun… my sculpture is any landscape, rather than the most noisy building I know This is one of the reasons why I want them to be placed in the landscape. At the same time that we are in contact with society, modern sculpture, which has been subject to experimental work in the atelier, is now in the stage of coming out of the atelier and in contact with society, as Henry Lee Laurence says. It is said that it is a collaboration with architecture, and it is probably the reason why outdoor sculpture exhibitions are held in various parts of Europe.
The outdoor sculpture exhibition held every four years in Antwerp has a long history and is the largest, but last year it was a beautiful ancient city with a population of about 100,000 called Sporetto in Northern Italy. The outdoor sculpture exhibition of the whole town, which collects most of the exhibition, was held and is praised as having more significance than the international art exhibition in Venice.
The selection of the venue for the Open Air Sculpture Museum in Ube as the first venue by the Japan Museum Planning Council has made this project even more successful. The venue of this open-air sculpture museum in Ube is a 40,000-square-meter venue with a gentle hill and forest with a shibafu-like artificial lake in the foreground. The venue has a natural environment that is not required of other parks in Japan. Standing on the hill, the sculpture placed on the Shibafu is backed by an artificial lake and the blue sky that spreads over it. When standing under the hill, the sculpture rises to the sky like a large silhouette.
The fact that the 1st “National Open-air Sculpture Competition” reflected the enormous energy of modern Japanese artists was more than expected by all concerned. This can be said in terms of the number of participating artists, as well as its quality and freshness. Perhaps, in this natural environment, the participating artists had to reflect on the essence of the sculpture placed outdoors again and reflect on the natural and spiritual environment of the sculpture. It’s no exaggeration to say that the first step towards new experiments and advances in contemporary sculpture began here.
As announced earlier, this award is divided into eight awards. The grand prize is Haruko Shimizu’s “obsession” Ube City Award and Hiroshi Ogawa’s “Origin of Life” Engraving Encouragement Award Togashi’s ” “King and Queen” are received. If the assembled sculpture of the stone of Shimizu is one of the tense abstract forms, and one human psychology is shaped cleanly, Togashi’s humanoid form of the square stone pillars, while the humorous form of “King and Queen” And it was good. Hiroshi Ogawa’s iron pipe sculpted steel pipe well supports the human will to generate upwards, and Tadae Shimada’s “Nagare monument” at the Kamakura Museum of Modern Art’s Award is a simple but monumental shape. It has a tragic personality. Ube City Open-Air Museum of Fine Arts Award, Oda Tsutomu’s “Ritual” Eisuke Tanaka’s “Ube Midori” has its own song in a decorative shape, giving a pictorial effect to this venue. The Ube Mayor Prize Takeshi Tsuchiya’s “gate” shows a solid structure, and Masatoshi Tamaki’s “Hercules falling into the inhelm” seems to speak a certain illusion.
In addition to this, artists such as Katsushi Kiuchi, Yoshitatsu Yanagihara, Shindo Tsuji, Yasutake Funakoshi, Masakazu Horiuchi, Ryokichi Mukai, Yasuo Mizui, Kentaro Kimura, etc. were invited to the first exhibition, and 48 points were displayed. Each of these works has its own personality and nuance, and richly transforms this outdoor sculpture exhibition. The entire layout is unified in the fantasy of architect Masato Otaka.
This national outdoor sculpture contest sponsored by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Japan Art Museum Planning and Cooperative Association will continue to be held in the form of a biennale (every other year) in order to inspire new artists in Japan, but in the future it will be an international sculpture. I intend to develop it into a competition. It should be noted that the 1st National Sculpture Competition Exhibition in Ube City strongly impressed the possibility of new development in contemporary Japanese sculpture.