OAP Sculpture Path 2021-2022:
Takeshi Hayashi + Shiro Matsui

2021.5.11 - 2022.10 OAP Sculpture Path (OAP Public Green Space, Promenade along the Okawa River)

The two sculptors, Shiro Matsui and Takeshi Hayashi, have created their works through the layering of dialogues with free thoughts, as if “doodling” on space and time. By arranging these pieces along the OAP Sculpture Path, they bring to mind the different phenomena and actions associated with water as if responding to the Okawa River flowing in the background of the path, along with the natural features and history of the aqua metropolis of Osaka, making an expanded world of sculpture appear.

Outdoor sculptures are in places that are connected to our daily lives. One of their appealing attributes is how they show us things that make us notice what is usually overlooked. The theme of “doodling” in this exhibition points to primitive and ambiguous sculptural forms that seem to elude specific meaning, like the traces left by children playing in a sandbox at a park. The artists deal with materials that are used by people even if they are not sculptors, such as earth, water and plants, and are also conscious of using simple actions in their production. This may be seen as slightly different from what is generally thought of as sculpture. However, rather than something called a sculpture, a space like no other is created through the involvement of the material, environment and viewer. Moreover, these sculptures can be likened to concrete things, even with their abstract appearances. In this sense, the “doodle” may be a way of art making that transforms the objects or behaviors found in daily life into sculptures. The shapes and spaces born from this method bring discovery, and also familiarity, to the viewer. Through these sculptures that accept their surroundings’ effects of weather, plants and animals, and engage the gazes, bodies and imaginations of the people who come and go, we hope that you will be able to reaffirm the interesting aspects of this location that had become unseen, buried within the everyday.


Takeshi Hayashi, Shiro Matsui