88 Slag Buddhas

 Posted by on January 19, 2018
Jan 192018
Slag Buddhas on Naoshima

Slag Buddha 88 by Tsuyoshi Ozawa

The 88 Buddha statuettes are a reference to the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

They are made of slag that was illegally dumped on neighborhing Teshima Island, which is also part of their story.

From 1978 to 1990,  Teshima Island was used as a dump site for paper making residue, sadly they were actually dumping highly toxic waste as well.

Due to a corrupt prefecture government and the fact that the island was remote and sparsely populated, it took until the year 2000 for the people of the island to receive a resolution. The Prefecture of Kagawa admitted that the now-defunct disposal firm Teshima Sogo Kanko Kaihatsu Company had run the illegal dumps and the prefecture was forced to clean the site. The process required that 500,000 tons of soil and rocks be dug out, and moved to nearby Naoshima where it is melted down, detoxified, and transformed into slag to be reused as aggregate in concrete.

88 slag buddhas on Naoshima

Tsuyoshi Ozawa was born 1965 in Tokyo. As a student at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Ozawa began his “Jizo-ing” series in which he photographs statues of Jizo that he makes himself situated in different environments In 1993, he began his Nasubi Gallery series of portable, miniature galleries made from milk boxes, and his “Consultation Art.” In 1999, he produced his “Museum of Soy Sauce Art” remakes of masterpieces from Japanese art history painted with soy sauce, and in 2001, began his “Vegetable Weapon” series of photographic portraits of young women holding weapons made of vegetables. He had his first solo museum exhibition “Answer with Yes and No!” at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2004, and among his solo exhibitions since is “The Invisible Runner Strides on” (2009) held at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

Os Redeiros

 Posted by on March 20, 2015
Mar 202015
Os Redeiros

This striking and strong sculpture is by Ramon Conde and stands on the Gran Via  in Vigo Spain. Titled Os Redeiros it is of seven nude fisherman straining to pull in a net.  The city of Vigo is a major fishing port in Spain. Ramón Conde was born in Ourense Spain December 18, 1951, the son of a stone sculptor. In 1971 he joined the Faculty of Arts in Santiago. He has shown all over Europe and in the United States. Other public works include the Arc de Triomphe (Lugo), the monument to Alonso III de Fonseca (in the Cloister Continue Reading

Oscar Wilde

 Posted by on March 7, 2014
Mar 072014
Oscar Wilde

Merrion Square Dublin, Ireland This fun statue of Oscar Wilde, laying back without a care in the world is in Marrion Square, Dublin.  He is facing his boyhood home just across the street at 1 Merrion Square. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde,  was born in nearby Westland Row in 1854. Wilde, who spent much of his adult life in England, is regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest literary figures. Until the late 1890s, owing to a gay affair which led to a prison sentence and disgrace, he was the darling of the upper classes, entertaining them with his considerable wit Continue Reading

Art under the waterfall

 Posted by on February 27, 2014
Feb 272014
Art under the waterfall

Blarney Castle – Rock Close Blarney County Cork, Ireland Puffballs from the Inside Out These ceramic pieces are by Michelle Maher.  Maher is a Ceramic Artist who lives and works in Castleknock, Dublin.  She graduated from N.U.I. Maynooth in 1996 with a Master’s degree, after studying English and History. According to her website:  My ceramic sculptures are an exploration of colour and texture.  Microscopic organisms often inspire my work and unusual plant forms and the science behind living things continues to fascinate me.  My passion is for large-scale sculptural work and my pieces are mostly for outdoor exhibition. Symmetry by Michelle Continue Reading

Bog Wood

 Posted by on February 26, 2014
Feb 262014
Bog Wood

Blarney Castle Blarney County Cork, Ireland Blarney Castle has a fabulous curator.  There is art work spread out throughout the grounds, and it is all so beautiful chosen for its particular site.  This piece is by artist Pieter Koning. The pice is actually a 7000 year old piece of bog oak and is titled Organic Growth. Pieter has done many pieces out of bog wood and according to his website: Bog Wood is found in the Irish bogs where it has been preserved for 5,000 years or more. There are three types of Bog Wood: Oak, Yew and Pine. The wood Continue Reading


 Posted by on February 23, 2014
Feb 232014

St. Stephen’s Green Dublin, Ireland There are many famine statues around Ireland, as well as the world, and this one is by Edward Delaney. Edward Delaney (1930–2009) was an Irish sculptor born in Claremorris in County Mayo in 1930. His best known works include the 1967 statue of Wolfe Tone and famine memorial at the northeastern corner of St Stephen’s Green in Dublin and the statue of Thomas Davis in College Green, opposite Trinity College Dublin. These are both examples of lost-wax bronze castings, his main technique during the 1960s and early 1970s. Delaney attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and, supported by the Irish Arts Council, studied casting in Germany. He represented Ireland at Continue Reading


 Posted by on February 22, 2014
Feb 222014

Custom House Quay Dublin. Ireland This breathtaking group of statues is titled “Famine” and is by Rowan Gillespie. The accompanying plaque reads ” Unveiled by Her Excellency President Robinson – Commissioned and Donated to the people of Ireland by Norma Smurfit 29th May 1997″ “A procession fraught with most striking and most melancholy interest, wending its painful and mournful way along the whole line of the river to where the beautiful pile of the Custom house is distinguishable in the far distance……” Irish Quarterly Review, 1854 This location is a particularly appropriate and historic as one of the first voyages Continue Reading