Tatsuo Miyajima, certainly one of Japan?s most influential artists in the last 2 decades, first showed his work ?HOTO? (2008) within the United States the very first time now to have an indefinite engagement in the Shops at Crystals in Vegas. The piece formerly has been displayed only in China and Japan.
Inspired by Buddhist scripture, HOTO – meaning ?treasure pagoda? – describes a tale in regards to a monumental bejeweled tower that emerges in the ground, floats midair so they cover half the planet, as a symbol of the significance of every human existence. Based on Buddhist teachings, existence can’t be referred to without this kind of impossible story because existence is certainly not however a miracle.
It had been this scripture and also the devastating occasions of September 11, 2001 that inspired Miyajima to produce HOTO, which signifies his thought that every existence is essential in addition to his expect inter-connectedness around the world creating peace and community.
To talk about his message, Miyajima – famous for work that merges a philosophical appreciation of existence using the latest technologies – produced a amazing shown pagoda calculating 18 ft high and most six ft around, inlaid with 3,827 gaily colored Brought statistical shows in different dimensions. The LED displays flash the numbers nine through one in a descending, continuous series and also at different speeds, representing the never-ending cycle of existence, the universal language of amounts and just how every existence moves at its very own unique pace.
Concentrating on interaction instead of exhibition, the circular tower features tilted surfaces that have fun with the viewer?s reflection, permitting these to aesthetically locate themselves within the art. This really is suggestive of Miyajima?s work recently, through which he summarizes his thought that art may be the expression of creativeness within everyone. ?I?m trying to show that every human being is unique,” Miyajima described.
Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said, ?Las Vegas visitors are more worldly in their travel habits than ever before and seek provocative, unique experiences. One of the ways we?ve responded to this is by introducing thought-provoking art that stimulates interest and energy. Along with renowned masters from generations past, our vision is to present contemporary and forward-thinking works that fascinate people of all ages, regardless of whether they are art aficionados or casual passersby.?
HOTO is part of MGM Resorts? larger commitment to exposing Las Vegas? global audience to Japanese culture. The Company recently presented the Kabuki Spectacle on the Fountains of Bellagio starring renowned Japanese actors Ichikawa Somegoro and Nakamura Yonekichi, an art installation at Bellagio by renowned sculptor Masatoshi Izumi and the first-ever Japanese-inspired display at Bellagio?s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
?The expansion of Japanese art and tradition on the Las Vegas Strip is a focus for MGM Resorts, and we continuously search for new and innovative ways to celebrate it,? Murren added.
The piece combines three Buddhism-inspired concepts that dominate Miyajima?s existence and work: the concept that everything changes, things are connected, and everything continues forever:
? Modern Technology – Technologies are constantly altering and changing, and Miyajima?s usage of the LED sections and electrical circuits brings together this idea.
? Numbers – Like a universal language, numbers represent the commonality and link between all humans.
? Programming – The piece is programmed to change through amounts nine through one, missing zero and instead going dark and beginning at nine to represent that existence continues forever despite dying. In Miyajima?s world, existence, dying and numbers is one and also the cycle is never-ending.
Miyajima?s installation may be the latest accessory for MGM Resorts International?s Fine Art Collection and joins a substantial display of commissioned and purchased art work in the Shops at Crystals and inside the connected ARIA Resort & Casino, including James Turrell?s ?Shards of Color? (2014) Henry Moore?s ?Reclining Connected Forms? (1969-1974) Masatoshi Izumi?s ?CACTUS Life – living with Earth? (2007-2008) Maya Lin?s ?Silver River? (2009) Jenny Holzer?s ?VEGAS? (2009) Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen?s ?Typewriter Eraser, Scale X? (1998-1999) Nancy Rubins? ?Big Edge? (2009) and Frank Stella?s ?Damascus Gate Variation I? (1969), among many more.
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3,827 LEDs (6 colors, various sizes), electric wire, stainless steel, iron frame
216 1/8? H x 81 13/16? W