Space, 2014, Tokyo

Centred within a clear cube, a sphere appears to float. From certain angles, squares of light align to create crosses above its equator, parallel to the cube faces. Close up, handwritten words inspired by the sun’s life force, seem to collect in dense horizontal circles, which are stacked to outline the sphere. This is Space, the first Gold Winner of the Kajima Foundation Sculpture competition to be won by a Western artist.

The square, sphere and cruciform are elemental shapes which are basic to architecture, resonating with the competition theme of Sculpture, Architecture and Space. They also echo the minimalism of the Japanese aesthetic, something Junichiro Tanizaki considered in his book In Praise of Shadows.  At all levels, SPACE embodies and invites contemplation.