ART IN THE PARK / Wall Art
Wall art is being displayed at Sukiyabashi Crossing, Ginza, during the construction of the new Ginza Sony Park, scheduled to open in 2024
Even while construction takes place to complete the new Ginza Sony Park in 2024, Sony hopes to bring creativity to Ginza by using the temporary enclosure around the construction site as an "art wall." The wall features works by artists with close ties to Ginza Sony Park at Sukiyabashi Crossing so that visitors can further enjoy the Ginza experience.
#02 KOJI YAMAGUCHI
The second installment is by painter Koji Yamaguchi , who depicts everyday scenes from the flexible perspective of street culture. He is one of the artists who collaborated on "YOHAKU NO KIROKU ," (A Record of Margins) an exhibition held in June 2021, in which diverse works depicting motifs of Ginza Sony Park and the surrounding area were displayed in various locations throughout the park.
The site where the wall art is displayed is a 33-square-meter public space on the corner of the former Sony Building which was called "Sony Square," where seasonal events were held. The artwork on the temporary enclosure is an original work of art newly painted by Yamaguchi, inspired by the field of gerbera flowers that were in full bloom at the event at that time.
Duration: From Friday, January 20, 2023
Comments by Koji Yamaguchi
Gerbera once filled the garden in Ginza that made use of redundant space outside Sony Building, offering enjoyment for passersby.
Inspired by this, the exhibition, YOHAKU NO KIROKU, was held in 2021, making use of the space in Ginza Sony Park.
A 30-meter wall mural of a field of Gerbera was painted this time.
The Gerbera of the garden in Ginza may have changed shape, but they live on.
I hope the flowers brighten up the city of Ginza and warm the hearts of many people.
The 30-meter wall mural has been turned into an original 3-meter painting.
Come and see the works that change depending on the size, space and background.
"Gerbera," an exhibition offering an up-close view of the original painting of the wall art
- Location: Sony Park Mini
- Period: Thursday, January 26 - Wednesday, February 8, 2023
The 3-meter-wide original drawing, painted in the aspect ratio of a temporary enclosure, allow visitors to feel the brush strokes, the texture of the canvas, and the fragrance of oil painting. In addition, visitors will be able to see another original work of art featuring gerbera, which was the motif of the painting.
Profile: Koji Yamaguchi
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1982, Koji Yamaguchi was heavily influenced by the flexible viewpoint from his skateboarding, which made the streets his playground. He transitioned to a unique perspective using various techniques such as painting, drawing, and collage, with motifs of everyday scenes and familiar objects. After working in New York from 2015 to 2018, he currently makes Tokyo the base of his activities.
#01 SHUN SUDO
The first display is featuring works by artist SHUN SUDO. These are recreations of the murals that he painted directly on the walls of Ginza Sony Park's B1 Floor, displayed from March 2020 to September 2021. Flowers and music, which bring him back memories of visiting the original Sony Building when he was a child, are the motif of the murals, and they express the concept of the Ginza Sony Park Project that has been passed down from 1966.
Duration: From Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - Monday, January 9, 2023
Comments by SHUN SUDO
Ginza is a place that has always been close to my heart.
When Ginza Sony Park was created, I was also drawn to this intriguing park in the center of Ginza, and I have been a frequent visitor.
When I was approached with the offer to depict Ginza on these walls however I want, I was extremely happy but at the same time I also felt a huge sense of responsibility.
There are definitely many people out there who have emotional attachment to Ginza and the Sony Building just like I do.
My feeling was that I needed to paint something here that these people consider suitable for their beloved neighborhood.
I chose flowers and music as the motif.
There are people and buildings, but also beautiful flowers blooming and uplifting music reverberating in the same space.
That is what Ginza feels like to me, and Ginza Sony Park is right in the middle of it.
It will make me tremendously happy if my artwork here can bring a smile to the faces of people who have loved this neighborhood since the old days, as well as people visiting from all over Japan and the world.
Profile: SHUN SUDO
In 2015 he held his first personal exhibition called Paint Over in New York. Since then he has displayed his works at art fairs all over the United States. He is now garnering attention in the worldwide art scene with his artistic style that combines a Japan-like meticulous attention to detail with the dynamic power of pop art.
- SHUN SUDO Official HP：http://www.shunsudo.com/
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