Polar Axis - Kyoto Japan
Title : "Polar axis" Environmental Sculpture
Location : Kyoto Seika University Fukokan,Kyoto,Japan
Year : April 1988
Early in my career, I became deeply inspired by the Japanese spiritual conception of “nawa.” In a literal sense, “nawa” refers in Japanese to a ritual rice straw rope that sets apart a space or element in order to create or maintain its holiness. For decades, the sensibility and philosophy of “nawa” has been the foundation of my own spiritual odyssey and served as my central metaphor for life itself. Embodying the spirit of “nawa”, I have made sculptures of enormously thick “nawa” rope as well as large-scale architectural metal sculptures for international exhibitions. I do not understand these ropes as stand-alone works, but rather as material and spiritual links that bind people to one another and connect visible and invisible worlds, helping to integrate our diverse human capacities in space and time.
•"Polar axis" is of a monument for the spiral staircase of Kyoto Seika University Kyoto building designed by city planner Atsushi Ueda. I dyed sisal hemp to several colors and made it to a ply one by one. After completion, I wrote poetry. I do not yet understand this poetry without tears.
•I that there was Yagi lived for 40 years, the truth was able to finally become independent. It is the masterpiece which became the seal
You - From the earth's core
Bursting through the mantle
From the darkness of the earth's pressure
Bursting through the magma
Do you find it too hot! is it scorching?
So - You made it,
Look - it's the sun,it's the atmosphere,
It's all right, this universe.