Saturday, April 9, 2016

Natsumi Tomita [Iki Iki Ikimono Exhibit] / 富田菜摘 「いきいきいきもの展」

As I was walking around Central Park in West Shinjuku, I saw this sign for some type of art exhibit. As there was no entrance fee and today was the last day, I decided to take a peak. The title of the exhibit is [Mono mono ikimono exhibit].  I'm not a major art buff but what I saw from outside the building, the art pieces looked rather interesting.  On further investigation, this exhibit was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shinjuku Ward Residents Gallery.  So that's what this yellow building was.  The art was created by Natsumi Tomita. Her art is created by everyday things you would find around the house or for lack of a better term - pieces of garbage.  Perhaps a better explanation would be "recycle art".  As I took a close look at each piece, I could see they were made from bottle caps, cans, thimbles, body of a guitar, ashtrays, straws, irons, fans, clocks and a whole lot of other stuff.  And all the pieces were made into animals (thus the name of the exhibit - ikimono translates to living things).  I'm glad I took the time to check it out. Take a close look at each piece to see what they are made of.









Yep, sometimes its good to take in a bit of culture for oneself.  I coudn't decide which was my favorite.  They were all so interesting and original.  If I had to pick three, it would be the chameleon, the big Komodo dragon like thing and maybe a tie between the snake, the big Dodo birds or the bottle cap bug.  Finding things like this exhibit are what make my random, no plan walks a lot of fun.  I think I might go on another random walk today as the weather is looking really nice out.

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