"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.
Bronze, 180 cm Collection: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Bronze, 48 x 29 x 12.5 cm Collection: The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Messing, bronze 400 cm Collection: Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven
Messing, 320 cm
Messing, 305 cm Private collection
Messing, 120 cm Private collection