Japanese Sculptor Isamu Noguchi was born 119 years ago on November 19.

November 17, 1904 is the date that sculptor Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles, USA

Isamu Noguchi, from Los Angeles, USA, is one of the leading sculptors of the 20th century. He is the son of Japanese poet and English literature scholar Yone Noguchi, and the mother of Leonie Gilmore, an American teacher and writer.

After spending his childhood in Japan, Isamu Noguchi studied sculpture in the United States and France, and went on to become one of the world’s leading sculptors of the 20th century. He continued to create vigorously until the end of his life on December 30, 1988. In addition to being a sculptor, he also worked as an interior designer, garden and space sculptor, and stage designer.

Isamu Noguchi’s representative works

Some of Isamu Noguchi works include

・The monument “Bolt of Lightning . . . A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin” in Pennsylvania, USA (1984)
・”The Garden of Peace (or Japanese Garden)” at the UNESCO headquarters in France (1959)
・”Slide Mantra”, “Challenger Memorial”, and “Light Tower”, three public artworks in Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida, USA (19)
・”Moerenuma Park”, an art park in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (2005)

Noguchi was nicknamed the “Earth Sculptor”

His last posthumous work was “Moerenuma Park”. Before the park was built, the place was a waste disposal site. Driven by a sense of mission to “regenerate the land damaged by humans through art,” he created an art park in which the entire park is a single sculptural work.

Unfortunately, he died in New York after presenting his final proposal, so he was unable to see it completed. After his death, “Moerenuma Park,” which is said to be his largest and last work based on his blueprints, was completed in 2005.

Even now, tourists are constantly visiting the park. From his last work, you will hear the voice of the earth.

writer : Nakajima