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杉本博司作 海景五輪塔  日本海 北海道 1986年
Five Elements: Sea of Japan, Hokkaido, 1986

Artist:
Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born Tokyo, 1948)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
2011
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Optical-quality glass with black-and-white film
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); W. 3 in. (7.6 cm); D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto, in honor of John T. Carpenter, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.119
Rights and Reproduction:
© Hiroshi Sugimoto
Not on view
This contemporary work was inspired by a medieval Buddhist “five elements” pagoda, designed to contain relics of the Buddha. These pagodas represent the constituents of the cosmos, which are typically identified as earth (square), water (sphere), fire (pyramid), wind (half-moon), and air (jewel shape). The water sphere of this pagoda contains a small photograph of the ocean, printed from a negative that the artist used in the creation of a series of large-scale seascapes.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

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