Makigawa Akio

(Japan, Australia 1948 – 1999)

Garden of desire V

Location
Not on display
Further information

The water-filled bowls suggest the tranquility of a Japanese garden; the colours of the onyx pillars suggest the red earth and grey-green eucalypts of Australia. 'Garden of Desire V' was conceived and created in the marble mountains of Carrara in Italy where Japanese/Australian artist Akio Makigawa worked from time to time.

Born and brought up in Japan, Makigawa came to Australia in the 1970s. He studied art at Curtin University in Perth and at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. While his craft was learned in Australia, his work retains an essential association with Shinto spirituality, and nowhere is it more evident than in this sculpture.

Year
1995
Media
Sculpture
Medium
Mexican onyx with bronze and water
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable :
a-h - Eight plinths; 95 cm; Diametre of each bronze water vessel.
i-p - Eight bronze water vessels; 13.5 cm
i-p - Eight bronze water vessels; 27.9 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1998
Accession number
346.1998.a-p
Copyright
© Makigawa Akio