UKISHIMA SCULPTURE STUDIO
Hironori katagiri & Kate Thomson

Aims for public commissions

Public Art has to address the individual, not the amorphous, anonymous `public` if it is to realise its full potential. Public art can help to create places by resolving problem spaces, as well as enhancing already completed and attractive places such as parks. It can also fulfil functions or create new uses by incorporating seating, lighting, entrances, traffic control, water features, play elements, etc.. But the tendancy to apply cosmetic `band aids` to gaping design wounds, and parachute finished pieces into left over spaces should be avoided. Arty street furniture should not be mistaken for art.Sculpture sensitively designed and sited can be a catalyst to re-generation, bringing real life back into our daily environment. The earlier an artist is involved in the design or re-generation process, the greater the possibilities.We are interested in dealing with individual sites and communities; addressing the problems and characteristics already existing, we can absorb history, current conditions, and the needs and aspirations of the community into the conception of site specific pieces. Artists working in the public domain must take a greater degree of responsibility to work for the particular situation while maintaining the creative freedom and expression which will enhance, re-generate, or even re-create the place.We firmly believe that sculpture has great potential to heal and improve our environment. We are therefore keen to develop contacts and working relationships with architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, public art organistions, and public groups and organisations in order to realise this potential.


List of Public Projects
List of Private WorksC.V. s

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