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Yokohama Shintoshi Building "Hope - youths seeking hope"

Aluminum Casting

Aluminum Casting "Hope - youths seeking hope" / Original Painter and Producer : Tsunero Kokuryo / Upper wall of the underground plaza communication passage on basement 2nd floor, Yokohama Shintoshi Building / Installed on September, 1985

Production Scene

Artist's Message

Tsunero KokuryoWestern-style PainterEast exit has an image that the sun rises in contrast to West exit and it will overlap the city planning for the 21st century at the same time. When working on this work, I had an idea to compose it with the sun at the center from the beginning.
The leading actors and actresses at future city planning are young people, and also the group image of young people is the theme which I have worked on for many years, so I intended to compose it with them not to be old even when time passes.
Furthermore, from the regional features of Yokohama, the sea is indispensable for this motif, since it is eternal and all lives including human beings are supported by it.
What I most noticed is the whole composition rather than the selection of each motif. Since the space for the mural art is arch shaped, I devised the whole composition to be a cone. The persons are all focused on one point over the screen. As the result, the group of people on the picture and the actual group of people who walk under this mural art or look up at the work will spatially assimilate. In other words, people who see the mural art will be integrated with the depicted group image. For that purpose I used a cone shape, and I believe this intention succeeded well.

Message from Persons Related

Art critic
Heihachiro Tsuruta
The sun and the sea is the root which supports all lives. Under its strong sunlight, a lot of young people gather, get closer, face each other, join hands and enjoy youth in the vast space on a beach. That is this relief. It is dynamic and healthy, it is lively and quiet. While leaving himself in a lively group, he also sees the shadow of lonely melancholy caught by meditation alone.
Since the artist has worked on the group image of young people for long years, he perfectly caught the figure of modern youths, who have hope, long for ideals, keep power, burn energy and sometimes express loneliness, on the large semicircular wall surface with 2 meters height at center and 14.5 meters width.
And it can be said that the skill of the composition supports this wonderful expression strongly.
Each figure of each person on the wall surface over the communication passage is tied to one focus beyond the wall surface as if a youth has freedom feeling, and the focus will agree with the viewpoint of the people who look up at this mural art while walking through the communication passage. In other words, everything is united and youthful.
It is also characteristic that this wall is not a flat painting, but was produced as a relief carving, and it was not made with ordinary bronze, but was made with distinctive glossy aluminum casting whose texture shines beautifully.

Data

Original Painter and ProducerTsunero Kokuryo PlannerYokohama Shintoshi Center Cooperation, Yokohama Sky Building
LocationUpper wall of the underground plaza communication passage on basement 2nd floor, Yokohama Shintoshi Building Map ProducerJapan Traffic Culture Association
Installed on September, 1985 News
TypeAluminum Casting
SizeW 14.5m × H 2m (at center)
KeywordsSun , Youth , Sea

Data

Original Painter and ProducerTsunero Kokuryo
LocationUpper wall of the underground plaza communication passage on basement 2nd floor, Yokohama Shintoshi Building Map
Installed on September, 1985
TypeAluminum Casting
SizeW 14.5m × H 2m (at center)
KeywordsSun , Youth , Sea
PlannerYokohama Shintoshi Center Cooperation, Yokohama Sky Building
ProducerJapan Traffic Culture Association
News

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