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NAWA Axis for Peace project at Longhouse Reserve
May 31, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The NAWA Axis for Peace project is designed by internationally acclaimed social and environmental Japanese artist, Mariyo Yagi.
Ms. Yagi creates her collaboratively-made sculptures at sites all over the world. This week she will for the first time create a NAWA Axis for Peace sculpture in the United States, at LongHouse Reserve.
On May 31, during an all-day event, more than 50 people will gather at LongHouse and work together to assemble the 30 foot-high sculpture. During this process, participants “become” the artists. Like a strand of DNA that inherits genetic information, more than 100 hands will be twisting, twisting, twisting the NAWA rope, imbuing each strand with their spirit and creating great strength in the completed form.
Says Dr. Yagi, “I have pursued innovative approaches in the fields of environmental art with an enduring commitment to creative interaction, spiritual enrichment, and the building of social community. My work is especially informed by Japanese ritual aesthetics, which have long emphasized that human beings and the forces of nature are active collaborators in the making and remaking of our dynamic, alive universe.”
A short video can be seen here.