Tomokazu Matsuyama:Shinjuku Station East Square Public Art Project

©︎Makoto Shikuya

 

Directed by New York-based contemporary artist Tomokazu Matsuyama, the public art square with a monument and land art is presented at JR Shinjuku Station East Square.

 

The theme is  Metro – Bewilder, a coined word created by Matsuyama; “metro” refers to a metropolitan city, and “wild” refers to the wilderness of nature, combined with the word “bewilder”. In the center of the square is the eight-meter sculpture  Hanao-San, its motif drawn from a boy holding a bouquet of flowers. Matsuyama integrated aesthetics deeply rooted in Japan and flower patterns from various countries and historical periods in the sculpture and the vividly-colored land art, transforming the space into an unprecedented community space.

 

Designing the square through the lens of contemporary art where the new GLOCAL culture – mash-up of global and local – can be experienced, Matsuyama turned JR Shinjuku Station East Square into a cultural and creative hub. If you are in the Shinjuku area, please visit the station. 

 

Location:Traffic circle at Shinjuku station square that connects Central East Entrance and East Entrance, JR Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku, Tokyo 

 

 

©︎Makoto Shikuya

 

©︎Makoto Shikuya

 

 

Tomokazu Matsuyama
Hanao-San
2020
Stainless
7m

 

 

©︎Makoto Shikuya

 

Details of the project has been featured in media listed below. The work will also be featured on TV and other media in the future.

 

・Bijutsutecho https://bijutsutecho.com/magazine/news/headline/22346

・AXIS Web Magazine  https://www.axismag.jp/posts/2020/07/250894.html

・CINRA.NET https://www.cinra.net/news/20200716-lumine

・HYPE BEAST   https://hypebeast.com/jp/2020/7/tomokazu-matsuyama-interviews-metro-bewilder-shinjuku-station

・LUMINE  https://www.lumine.ne.jp/lmap/post/PUBLIC-ART/20200719/shinjuku-east-square/

・WWD https://www.wwdjapan.com/articles/1099166

 

 

Art production, concept, overall supervision:Tomokazu Matsuyama

Construction:HAZAMA ANDO CORPORATION

Design, design supervision:sinato Inc.

Basic design, implementation design:JR East Design Corporation