3-11-13 marks theSecond year anniversary of the 9.0 Earthquake and 43 foot Tsunami that hit Japan. I created a video as tribute to the people of Sendai.I will attend the dedication of three of my bronzes March 11, 2013 in Sendai, Japan. Please click on the link below to view:
I arrived in Tokyo Japan on March 7, 2011 to visit a society infused by elements of nature, honor, grace and ritual. As an artist, I came away with an admiration and great respect for the people; their sense of order, beauty, and love of nature. Little did I know that I would be part of one of the most devastating natural disasters in Japan’s history.
Having experienced the Tohoku Earthquake; watching the subsequent tsunami in Sendai and the Fukishima power plant scenario unfold, I felt true helplessness. I came away from the experience totally distraught feeling that I needed to do more than just donate monetarily.
As a sculptor, I created a series of bronze sculptures that will be housed in the City of Sendai, and dedicated to the people of Sendai on 3-11-13, so future generations and visitors alike will not forget the devastation this community endured.
Mamoru (to protect) is the first in the Tohoku Series and represents a woman clutching her child as she frantically runs from the overpowering torrent of the Tsunami. Water slicks off her leg, clothes and hair soaked, and the look of pure terror upon her face. The people of Sendai were caught totally off guard when the Tsunami hit 45 seconds after the 9.0 earthquake in their region.
Sendai, the second bronze in the series, represents the people of Sendai overwhelmed by the horrific event. Thousands of Sendai people perished because they were caught totally unaware of the impending danger, or not get out of its way.
Fukkou (Resurgence); the third in the series symbolizes the people of Sendai pushing forward, persevering, resurrecting their lives and their city. One of the Japanese’s foremost values is that of respect; respect for their elders, nature, and sense of order. The Japanese will morn their dead, respect the destructive force of nature and then diligently work to return to a balanced peace, harmony and tranquility.
I am returning March 5th to Japan for a dedication of my three bronzes to the people of Japan.