Julie Houston, a reader who turned us on to that incredible Zorba the Greek video we posted a while back, recently sent this quote by sculptor Isamu Noguchi that she saw on a visit to Storm King Art Center, in a work called Momotaro.
The nine-part, 40-ton stone sculpture provides seating atop a hill with sweeping views of the Art Center fields, creating a functional spaces for personal interaction. While gathering the stones for the piece near his studio on the island of Shikoku in Japan, Noguchi managed to split a huge boulder; it reminded him of Momotaro, an ancient Japanese folk hero who was born from a peach pit. The intrepid Sarah M. patiently transcribed a handwritten letter the artist wrote describing how he created it:
Having embarked on a carving of granite so easily recognized as belonging to myth, there was nothing to do but follow the instructive and not premeditated promptings the composition came to demand. Quite different from the vague idea I had in mind. It forced its way, even to the discovery of the peach pit into which a person may crawl, there to meditate inside the sculpture reverberating with the Buddhist word OM.
A place to go to. It may also be recognized as a metaphor for man as end and as beginning, a mirror to the passage of the sun. read more…