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The Gate

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV Japanese

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The Sakai-based artist who created this installation, Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, comes from a long line of bamboo craftsmen. Previously known as Tanabe Shōchiku, he took up the family name earlier this year. He earned a degree in sculpture from the Tokyo University of the Arts and trained in bamboo crafts at an occupational school in Beppu. One of the most talented and versatile bamboo artists of his generation, he has carried on the Tanabe family tradition in the wake of the death of his father, Tanabe Chikuunsai III (1940–2014), while also exploring the possibilities of large-scale sculpture and installations made of tiger bamboo, such as this one.

The Gate, Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (Japanese, born 1973), Tiger bamboo, Japan

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