Tajiri at the AKU Fountain, Arnhem

SEEDS

 

"The birth of our daughters triggered a series of large ‘Seeds’. Pregnant ovoids with the stamp of death. Like the ‘blossoms of annihilation’ over Hiroshima.” - Shinkichi Tajiri

 

 

In 1957 Tajiri started the Seed clusters, in all their ripeness and fullness, are already undergoing a process of disintegration. Life and death are united in growth and change. A work in which vital force is depicted in an overwhelming manner is the sculpture The Explosive Forces of Nature (1961), commissioned by the AKU (Algemene Kunstzijde Unie) for the Gele Rijdersplein in Arnhem.

 

text: E. Barents, Shinkichi Tajiri, Monografieën van

Nederlandse kunstenaars, SDU Publishers, 1990 

photo above: Tajiri filming the installment of his sculpture at the AKU fountain, Gele Rijdersplein, Arnhem. Photo © AKU Press.

Seed, 1961
Seed, 1961

Bronze, 180 cm Collection: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Seed, 1961
Seed, 1961

Bronze, 48 x 29 x 12.5 cm Collection: The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Seed no.4, 1963
Seed no.4, 1963

Messing, bronze 400 cm Collection: Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven

Seed, 1963
Seed, 1963

Messing, 320 cm

Seed, 1964
Seed, 1964

Messing, 305 cm Private collection

Seed, 1963
Seed, 1963

Messing, 120 cm Private collection

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