Organizer Kodai Hihara| Nasunogahara International Sculpture Symposium in Ohtawara2012

Organizer Kodai Hihara


― 2016 IN OHTAWARA ―
The second Nasunogahara International Arts Symposium Executive Committee has been held happily this year in addition to paintings: it widely extended a range of the arts on a basic concept of the rst time “mankind has created a necessary thing for oneself with own hand and moved on” in order to make us feel the arts more closer. is is because the art can contribute to “the aesthetic eld of sentiment” that we must esteem most when we live.
This is the second exhibition at the Ohtawara-city Art Cultural Studies Institute after becoming a biennale. Also, we have two more people as art stu of the institute could support plane paper painters on a perfect condition. As I wanted many of you a taste of the interest or depth of the picture of the entire world, we invited: one oil painter from Serbia; a wood sculptor from South Korea; a stone sculptor from Taiwan; and domestic artists for each were invited. ese artists and all the members of the institute worked together on the project to contribute enough a scene of the public workshop and interchange of the art to citizens.is is the second exhibition at the Ohtawara-city Art Cultural Studies Institute after becoming a biennale. Also, we have two more people as art stu of the institute could support plane paper painters on a perfect condition. As I wanted many of you a taste of the interest or depth of the picture of the entire world, we invited: one oil painter from Serbia; a wood sculptor from South Korea; a stone sculptor from Taiwan; and domestic artists for each were invited. ese artists and all the members of the institute worked together on the project to contribute enough a scene of the public workshop and interchange of the art to citizens.
The public workshop is one of the fascination that “all citizens, especially children, could have a wonderful moment sharing the act with artists in the production spot”. With artists appeal “a point of beauty”, and it is worth for viewers or young children to take a look artists’ interchange and will be a suitable place to learn “the dierent recognition of the unit, mind to recognize, the heart of the big impression”.
As in previous years, the theme would be “Humanity, Human and Nature.” e participants lived, cooked and worked side by side at the Ohtawara Arts and Cultural Institute from July 23rd to August 31st. e stone sculptors worked outdoor under large tents, each making full use of chisels, rock drills and grinders. Tirelessly, they chipped away at solid white or black granite blocks, weighing six tons on average. On the rst oor of the workshop, wood sculptors carved the Ohtawara city’s symbol, the ginkgo biloba, two meters in height and fty centimeters in diameter, with various tools or machinery and drew large-sized paintings of No. 100(1m × 1.6m) the (oil painting). Despite the extremely hot weather, we had a large numbers of visitors from local and abroad such as China, South Korea, Taiwan; our guests revealed in friendly global dialogue with the participants.
An art interchange exhibition with South Korea was held this time in Utsunomiya city and 30 artists visit us and enjoyed “the art talk show” for more than two hours with citizens. I invited two painters, three sculptors as cooperated to include a symposium like last year, and to put up. ese artists are people whom they send art studies positively for the world at a research institute. ey acted as the part of support for citizen to interchange with invited artists performed an important function. Although completing a major work in forty days period is a challenge, they were fascinated about Japan and built up an in excitement feeling-related rich high quality work of art. Furthermore, we all communicated with the mysterious language that English, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Taiwanese mingled with local inhabitants friendly and understood each other, and exhibition production was nished with the original Ohtawara Language.

― SPECIAL EVENT ―
― On July 27th Social Gathering Party with Wild Boar Cuisine
― On July 31st Opening Ceremony
― On July 31st Welcome Party with All Supporters in Ryogo
― On August 5th Japan South Korea Art Discutione
  The theme of current art between Korean artists and Japanese artists
― On August 6th The Art Workshop-a Painting Workshop
― On August 7th The Art workshop-an Assemblage Workshop ese provided an opportunity for young children and all citizens to experience the joy of creation and promotion of arts’ understanding. ey sat besides artists, received various technical advises and spent a great time while a little tension in the rst experience.
― On August 16th Fireworks Ornamental Board
― On August 23rd Ohtawara Living Association Luncheon We were entertained by over twenty members with organic homemade cooking and homegrown products. We also shared creating ideas, environmental dierences, people’s lifestyle, hometowns and so far and had a wonderful time together.

― EXHIBITION ―
Starting from November 6th, the Exhibition of the Nasunogahara International Arts Symposium at the Ohtawara City Art Cultural-Studies Institution will be held and all the artists’ creations will display as the property of Ohtawara, the completed sculptures will be proudly exhibited and preserved for all citizens to enjoy for coming years.