Friday, April 9, 2010

Sculpture in Hakone

If you only know Japan through books and film, it's easy to get the impression that Japan is one solid city, or that all the art is traditional. This sculpture in the city of Hakone (on the coast in Shizuoka Prefecture) provides evidence of modern art. What do you think this sculpture expresses?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm terrible at interpreting art. Are those three separate pieces or all "one" sculpture?

julie

Anonymous said...

Didn't the Victorian English have "garden balls" or "gazing balls" on pedestals in their gardens? I wonder if that's part of the inspiration for this outdoors sculpture.

And you're right - this certainly doesn't fit any of my stereotypes about Japan. One of the things I like about American Fuji (and your blog) so much, is that it never falls back on such stereotypes.

zonjineko.com said...

Very nice sculpture - looks very close to the famous one on Rundle Mall in South Australia.

Not what you'd expect high up in the mountains I would imagine.

Sara Backer said...

These are three separate sculptures. The large gold ball on the lawn makes me think of Star Wars meets golf (a huge hobby in Japan), but the one I like is the FedEx package with the ragged blue corner "wings" atop.

SapphireSavvy said...

I like the big gold ball a lot. It definitely made me think of golf, mixed with traditional meditation...very relaxed, serene, pretty. As for the other 2 sculptures, I dunno. Wings, and a giant executive desk toy?