Kozo Nishino [ Sky Memory ] @ 4 World Trade Center, NY
Kozo Nishino’s [ Sky Memory ] installed at 4 World Trade Center (NYC)
As Nishino states regarding his creative work, “I always wonder how I can give expression, in some form, to feelings toward the universe that has granted us life, to feelings regarding the heavens that encircle our irreplaceable earth. To me, the familiar skies and clouds above us, the air and the wind, and even light and darkness, are all the heavens.”
From its raised position in the naturally lit hall, Nishino’s Sky Memory beckons people within. Fabricated with hand-welded, ultra-light titanium alloy wire and employing a trussed structure, Sky Memory comprises two sections of differing sizes, each of which is fixed to the wall surface at a single point and rests there in an exquisite balance. Glowing with iridescent arcs in the ambient light, the thirty meter diameter semicircular piece is mirrored in the black granite wall, thereby deepening the sense of the space, and the sculpture appears as a great circle.
With this image of an eternal ring and in its serene presence, Nishino’s sculpture becomes fused with Maki’s highly refined space.
Nishino completed Sky Memory at his studio in Kameoka, in Kyoto, Japan, over a period of four years of intensive labor. With this work’s installation, we anticipate a groundswell of interest in Nishino’s public art pieces, of which Sky Memory is a superlative example. It is hoped that this “memory of sky” realized through the hands of the sculptor Kozo Nishino will become a beautiful ring of light that reaches out to the people who enter that space.
Outline of [ Sky Memory ]
Artist name: Kozo Nishino
Work title: Sky Memory
Production period: 2009 – 2013
Materials: Titanium alloy
Size: Thirty meters in diameter (semicircle shape)
Total weight: Approximately 190 kilograms
Location: First floor entrance hall, 4 World Trade Center
(150 Greenwich Street, New York City; expected to open November 2013)
Coordination: ARTCOURT Gallery / Cooperation: Spiral (Wacoal Art Center)
About the sculptor Kozo Nishino
Born in 1951, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Active as an artist since the 1980s. Working with metal materials such as titanium,
aluminum, stainless steel and iron, Nishino has produced a large number of grand-scale public artworks of superb visual beauty and
structural strength. Nishino’s works have been installed at sites in Tokyo, Seoul, Canberra and other locations around the world, and are held
in art museum collections such as the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Shanghai’s Power Station of Art. In 2011, Nishino was
awarded the Shin Hongo Prize, and in 2012 exhibited at the 9th Shanghai Biennale.
▶ Kozo Nishino official website http://nishinokozo.com/