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#44 Takashi Soga: The Sea of the Ear Rings



The Sea of the Ear Rings is made of stainless steel and stands 13 feet tall by 13 feet wide and is located at the entrance to The Cummer facing Riverside Avenue.  It is a kinetic structure as the upper ring of the sculpture gently moves up and down.  The artist has expressed his interests in space and especially in gravity and its influence on space.  By controlling gravity, the artist is able to show “unusual space.”

Soga, who lives in Utica, New York, was born in 1952 in Osaka, Japan.  He graduated from Osaka University of Art in 1975.  He has received numerous awards and honors, among them the Grand Prize at the 13th International Art Exhibition of Japan in 1980, the Nagano Prize in 1998, and the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2005.

“The Soga sculpture is my favorite work of art because it’s modern, contemporary, and moves by sheer gravity rather than some sort of motor.  It’s innovative and interesting, which makes me want to see what other sculpture he will produce.” – anonymous

Keep an eye out every week for more visitor favorites.  We will be highlighting each of the top fifty pieces during our 50th Anniversary year.  If you want a more intimate encounter, stop by the museum and see these masterpieces for yourself!

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