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Tajiri working in his studio, Baarlo



"Here in my foundry I feel like the old Alchemist, pouring white hot liquid metal into molds; changing matter."  - Shinkichi Tajiri



In 1956, Tajiri found a soft red firebrick used in constructing ovens. He carved and engraved the bricks - sometimes up to 100 pieces - and assembled them into one large mold. The mold was then filled with molten bronze and later broken open to reveal the sculpture. The Red Brick series dated until 1965.







text: S. Tajiri, Autobiographical notations, Kempen Publishers, 1993

photo above: © Erhard Wehrmann, Baarlo 1964

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