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Omiya Station "Light, water and life"

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Stained glass "Light, water and life" / Original painter and supervisor : Ludwig Schaffrath / Front of west entrance on second floor free passage, Omiya station / Installed at June, 1982 See Original Painting

Production Scene

Artist's Message

Ludwig SchaffrathStained Glass ArtistAs a starting point for the stained glass at Omiya station, two themes were set from what I read and heard before, and then saw and experienced later.
They are light and water. Japan is surrounded by the sea and has hot springs from the ground. The country name also means the source of light (the sun). Stained glass technique is ideal for realizing these two themes in one image. Bright or slightly shining glass is transparent and changes by season or by day. The flowing composition represents the rain falling from clouds and the spring flowing up from underground. The water forms a large shape in this composition, and it will be a symbolic presence like a focus in a long concourse with 150 meters length.
The center part of this stained glass was freely interpreted from the topography around Omiya. A bunch of geometric lines partially painted from outside to inside, from inside to outside, are symbolized.
That is because Omiya will be a rush of technology by the Shinkansen, and development of the national land will go through the land like veins in human body.
I hope this stained glass will be recognized by all people, with harmonious unity of nature and technology. (June, 1982 in Tokyo)

Message from Persons Related

Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
SEIKE Kiyoshi
"Real feeling of expectation and surprise"

A large stained glass was installed at Omiya station, the starting point of Tohoku Shinkansen, commemorating its opening. Its producer is Mr. Ludwig Schaffrath from West Germany, who is a stained glass artist whose name is internationally known. I have heard his reputation through Professor Louis Fransen, a foreign lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts, who brought genuin stained glass production technique to our country, and also knew it from his work collections. Although I hoped for such a wonderful artist to work in Japan, it is just a surprise that that was realized so early. I have heard that Mr. Hisao Taki, executive director of Japan Traffic Culture Association, went to Germany to entreat relying on Mr. Louis Fransen's introduction. He was a student of mine when I was in charge of drawing at Tokyo Institute of Technology. It is possible only for a person who is heartfelt at combining beauty and engineering. Also, with the effort to make the beautiful Shinkansen station in time as the idea of ​​Japanese National Railways, Mr. Schaffrath also completed this work in a short period of time unthinkable from Europeans' feeling, and then a green signal has lighted for departure today. It is said that the critics of his land comment Mr. Schaffrath's works as "oriental". I do not know if that is the reason, but he seems to have had an extraordinary interest in the mysterious country Japan for some time. From that also, I can fully imagine the magnitude of his motivation for this work.
Mr. Schaffrath is an artist who spends the most time and effort in harmony with the building and fusion with the space in stained glass production. Mr. Schaffrath's argument that not naming of the work, but naming of the space of the work is required is an episode talking about his creative attitude. My real feeling is that the mural movement in Japan has become genuin.

Culture and Consular General Manager, Embassy of Germany Federal Republic
Dr. Wolfgang Wiesner
It seems that art and technology are separated, but those are actually close. There are many examples that tell us versatile interrelationships between these two categories, and each has a luster.
At Omiya station, the passengers who get off the contemporary trains produced by the wisdom of science will decorate the finish of their wonderful travel impression by seeing Mr. Ludwig Schaffrath's work that is expressive and truly meaningful.
We are delighted that a German artist was chosen as one to decorate this building. To Mr. Schaffrath, I sincerely celebrate that he has been given the opportunity to honor the work permanently.


Original Painter and SupervisorLudwig Schaffrath PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Assosication, (Cooperation : Omiya Station Building)
LocationFront of west entrance on second floor free passage, Omiya station Map ProducerLudwig Schaffrath
Installed on June, 1982 News
TypeStained Glass
Size4.4m × 12.5m
KeywordsLight , Water


Original Painter and SupervisorLudwig Schaffrath
LocationFront of west entrance on second floor free passage, Omiya station Map
Installed on June, 1982
TypeStained Glass
Size4.4m × 12.5m
KeywordsLight , Water
PlannerJapan Traffic Culture Assosication, (Cooperation : Omiya Station Building)
ProducerLudwig Schaffrath


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