On Thursday, November 26, GoConnect was invited to the unveiling of Takashi Murakami’s massive sculpture at Roppongi Hills. We’d like to give you a recap, and provide our GoConnect Members with some background about this impressive piece of work.
About the Artwork
Haha Bangla Manus (Flower Parent and Child) is a creation of the world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami. It’s one of his largest artworks to date, measuring 10 meters high. All sides of the sculpture are decorated with flower motifs depicting diverse expressions of hope, depending on which angle you view them from.
Murakami hopes the sculpture can channel the energy and hope for the future from Roppongi Hills, the cultural heart of Tokyo, even as we face the Covid-19 pandemic.
You can see this amazing sculpture at Roppongi Hills, starting now.
Murakami said he was a pioneer in incorporating childlike logic into the art world, and this piece echoes this theme, depicting a child, discovering things alongside his parents. Flower buds can be found throughout the work, along with faces in the flowers themselves.
The artist used gold for its natural worldwide appeal, and also because it is a very important material in the Great Buddha of Nara and other Buddha statues at temples and shrines.
Murakami created the piece during the height of the pandemic, and the project even faced the risk of being discontinued. He hopes that, just as he finished the project successfully, others can take a sense of hope and perseverance from the sculpture.
Photogenic Flower Cafe to Open for a Limited Time
As part of the ROPPONGI HILLS TAKASHI MURAKAMI PROJECT, there will be a Flower Cafe event where customers can enjoy Takashi Murakami’s unique flower motif worldview. The cafe will serve a menu full of the artist’s creations, including Flower Curry, Flower Omelet Rice, and Flower Pasta.
The event is at the Roppongi Hills Cafe/Space from November 27 to January 3, 2021, 10am to 10pm.
You can also see other works by Murakami at the STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World exhibit, at Mori Art Museum until January 3, 2021.