Tomb of the Toriumi Family, Blessed Garden

Design Philosophy

When making art for the garden Nagasaki wants to transpose the essence of deep meditative thought into the beauty of natural form. The act is not to create nature by sculpting but to preserve nature by casting. Using materials such as bamboo, leaf, and stone, and changing their material state into glass and bronze represents a kind of rebirth of the natural elements, giving light and energy back to the garden. These art objects also represent a kind of MEMENTO for the garden that contains profound sense of beauty. The symbolism method, which materialises the invisible realm of the memory is a strong influence in the Japanese garden embodying the spirit of Zen.
Nagasaki comments: "Seldom is the art set in my garden insistent. Rather it is of things sweet and ambiguous, permeating the atmosphere and becoming almost invisible."

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