The artist I chose to do was Takeshi Kawano because he produced a series of very powerful and stunning artworks about global warming. The sculptures are easy to look at and has a clean simplicity about it that can be understood easily amongst different age groups. The subtleness of these sculptures work better in my opinion than some of the more harsh and in your face artworks that try to scare or shock the viewer into their message about the environment.

Takeshi studied design at the Chiba University in Japan. He proceeded to take advanced studies in design in Italy by the invitation of Fabrica in 2007. He stands by his creation motif about “interactions in modern society”. Takeshi is a versatile artist that produces a spectrum of different artworks in different mediums from traditional paintings, photo montage to graphical typographical styles. His sculptural work today will be the pieces that I will be focusing on for my environmental blog post.

In this series of sculptures titled +2℃, the artist’s message is a clear and concise indication about the wildlife we would be affecting with the instability of the climate temperature and eco-system destruction. He had created these works for an Italian communication research center called Fabrica to draw attention to the threats of climate change. The structures of these sculptures are stunning as they are haunting. The emotions on the animals seem almost palpable as they sink and melt into the ground. The expression on the polar bear’s face was especially emotional for me as well as the two penguins melting into each other. Penguins mate for life and having both of them emotionally embraced into each other’s body makes the gesture even more poignant. The deer was a nice touch as well as it draws the viewer to understand that not only do the animals that live in the extreme cold get affected, so do common animals that live closer to home.

I still decided to write about this artist even though there is not much to be found about him at all and any information on him is in Japanese(he does not even have a wikipedia page yet!). His works were so haunting to me that I felt that I really wanted to share it with the class. In even one of the sites I had stumbled upon while researching had posted up the pictures of the sculptures before without knowing who it was done by but with the help of the other people on the inter-webs had managed to find out that it was done by Takeshi.

The only video I was able to find from Takeshi was one of his installation pieces called Miroque.

With up and coming artists like him doing their part to spread the message about environmental change, it definitely helps in educating and spreading the word to the public that every action from every individual matters.


-Amanda Koh


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