Stained glass "Ueno Konjaku Monogatari (The Flower City of Ueno through the Time Tube)" / Original Painter and Supervisor : MIYATA Ryohei / Concourse outside ticket gate (near Exit 9) on basement 1st floor, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station / Installed on December 14, 2017
MIYATA RyoheiMetal Craft Artist, Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the ArtsDuring the Edo Period, the area surrounding Ueno prospered as a town revolving around the Shogun's family temple "Kanei-ji Temple".
With the waves of modernization, civilization, and enlightenment, the National Industrial Exhibition and the Benten Horse Race around Shinobazu Pond were held in the bountiful forest of Ueno. The area became a place where people gathered to enjoy.
Horsecars and city trams were running in the town, and the first underground railway in the Orient, the Tokyo Underground Railway (currently the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) between Ueno and Asakusa, opened in 1927.
Even though the train was just one car long and the riding time was only 5 minutes, people waited on long lines and overflowed on the platform.
From that time on, many cultural facilities have been built and Ueno has become a hub of Japanese culture.
Please enjoy spending some time in past and present Ueno in this stained glass.
Chairman, Metro Cultural Foundation
I would like to congratulate you on this occasion, with the presentation of a wonderful public art along with the completion of renewal of Ueno station.
Also, thank you very much to Tokyo Metro, who gave us the offer, and Mr. Ryohei Miyata and NKB CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio, who produced and installed the art.
Metro Cultural Foundation (Public interest incorporated foundation) was established in 1956 and conducts projects that contribute to promotion of art and development of transportation culture, such as holding Metro concerts and Metro culture exhibitions besides operating Tokyo Metro Museum.
Installing public arts is a part of those and we have installed ones at the 3 subway stations of Fukutoshin Line Nishiwaseda station, Kitasando station and Yurakucho Line Toyosu station so far, and Ginza Line Ueno station at this time is the 4th station for us.
This public art "Ueno Konjaku Monogatari (The Flower City of Ueno through the Time Tube)" is a wonderful work in which a strong feeling to Ueno by Mr. Ryohei Miyata, who was the former president of Tokyo University of the Arts, and has been active for many years at the university in Ueno.
I am convinced that this work will bring aroma of culture and art to Tokyo Metro Ueno station space and will give moisture and relaxation to many customers using Ueno station.
President, Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
This time, we installed the stained glass "Ueno Konjaku Monogatari (The Flower City of Ueno through the Time Tube)" by the original painting made by Mr. Ryohei Miyata, a Japan's leading metal craft artist at the renewed Ginza Line Ueno station concourse in cooperation with Metro Cultural Foundation (Public interest incorporated foundation).
I thank you very much for Mr. Ryohei Miyata and all the stakeholders who worked on the production and installation of the stained glass.
At Tokyo Metro, we are pursuing various measures to renew Ginza Line, such as the introduction of new model vehicles, installation of home doors, renovation of all stations, under the concept of "Fusion of Tradition and Leading-edge".
And the renewal of 7 stations from Asakusa station to Kanda station at the downtown area has been completed this year, which marks the 90th anniversary since the opening of Asakusa Station - Ueno station as the first subway line in the Orient on December 30, 1927.
Among them, Ueno is the station in the first opening section, as well as the site of the company's headquarters as a base from the era of the former Tokyo Underground Railway Co., Ltd. to the present, is one of the most important places for our company.
I am very pleased that a wonderful work with the thought to Ueno area of Mr. Ryohei Miyata, who came from Tokyo University of the Arts, which is in Ueno and the base of Japan's art and culture, and is a pofessor emeritus now, was installed at Ueno station reborn by renewal with the concept of "Town with art museums".
I hope this work will be loved forever by many of you as a symbol of Ueno station and this Ueno area.
Director General, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Congratulations on the 90th anniversary of the opening of the subway. In 1927, the first subway was born in Asia between Asakusa and Ueno, and 90 years have passed since then. At this memorable time, I am very pleased to have installed the public art work "Ueno Konjaku Monogatari (The Flower City of Ueno through the Time Tube)" at Ginza Line Ueno Station by Mr. Ryohei Miyata, a professor emeritus at Tokyo University of the Arts and a metal craft artist.
At Japan Traffic Culture Association, we have been actively engaged in promoting art and culture since our foundation in 1948. The main pillars of the projects are the exhibition project represented by "Traffic Culture Exhibition", the scholarship projects represented by "Takifuji Foundation"and "International Takifuji Art Award", and the promotion of public art.
There is a word expressing the thought that is the basis of those projects. The next sentence Herbert Read left in his book "The Meaning of Art".
"Now what we are missing is not an artist, but masses. Not art-conscious masses, but unconsciously artistic masses"
We continue our projects with the hope that arts installed in public spaces will help the realization of the social environment in which everyone unconsciously touches art.
We deeply appreciate Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. who planned the installation of this work and everyone who cooperated, and we ask for your continued understanding and cooperation in our efforts.
|Original Painter and Supervisor||MIYATA Ryohei||Planner||Japan Traffic Culture Association|
|Location||Concourse outside ticket gate (near Exit 9) on basement 1st floor, Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Map||Producer||CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio|
|Installed on||December 14, 2017||Sponsor||Metro Cultural Foundation|
|Size||2.0m × 8.5m|
|Original Painter and Supervisor||MIYATA Ryohei|
|Location||Concourse outside ticket gate (near Exit 9) on basement 1st floor, Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Map|
|Installed on||December 14, 2017|
|Size||2.0m × 8.5m|
|Planner||Japan Traffic Culture Association|
|Producer||CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio|
|Sponsor||Metro Cultural Foundation|
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