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The 18th Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Exhibition

Thinking about Henry Moore

Kamon Yasuo

Ube City’s “Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Exhibition” by the Biennale method and by the open competition has reached its 18th exhibition this year since it got this name, and the history of outdoor sculpture as a great feast of outdoor sculpture by competition Has been carved. Many writers were born from here, and they were also matured.

  Moreover, around Tokiwa Park, which can be called a lake park, Ube City itself is alive as a sculpture town and sculpture plaza. Every time I stand here, especially in Tokiwa Park as an open sculpture square, I think of the 20th century British master Henry Moore, and his fragrance and fairy tales of outdoor sculpture–

  not to mention Moore’s work. Most of them are stored and exhibited in museums around the world, giving off fragrance. But his outdoor sculpture is a natural, earth-engraved work that is truly open-air sculpture and public art. Moreover, every time I come into contact with his outdoor sculpture, whether in the park or on the meadow rocks, I think of the far-flung ancient primordial dolmen and menhil.

  Of course, these “Dolmen” and “Menhir”, which are said to be in the Neolithic era and are ancient, may be religious monuments in some sense. However, the scent of nature and the scent of nature and the aroma of these open-air sculptures, which are nothing more than piled of stones (also seen), remind me of Henry Moore.

  In the past, not only in Japan, when it comes to outdoor sculpture, most of it is a kind of memorial image of a specific person or a religious work. On the other hand, Moore’s open-air sculpture is a lyrical singing voice that was born from the British climate, or from the connection with the climate, not a so-called memorial image. For me, his work, for example, placed on a small hill in a park or in a grassy field with a unique British climate, naturally conveys the romance.

  As I write this, I’ve been writing Moore’s masterpiece that survived the 20th century, and it was my dream to dream of “King and Queen” (1952-53) and dolmen filled with the romance of romance. It reminds me again of the great “torso: arch” of 1962-63.

  Well, it has already been 40 years since Ube City started as a sculpture town. Not only in Tokiwa Park as an open-air sculpture museum, but appropriate works are located in various parts of the city. It is a result of what Ube City was aiming for, and although it is rich, some of the works that are alive in various parts of the city area have to move due to changes in the appearance of the city area itself. Come on. I mumbled the same thing last time, but the concept and work is one of the challenges for the future.

   Ube, the city of sculpture, is alive-it must be saved. It has already been 40 years since I began to look at sculptures and the origins of the heartbeat of the city. It can be said that it is the postwar history of Japanese sculpture. For the future path and steps, we may have to do something, rather as an obligation…

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