I have designed a small water garden which consists of a fountain, a terra cotta sculpture, stripe stone floor and a stone bench.
Also have participated in designing the entrance hall interior.
I have been working on a ceramic sculpture for a gymnasium in Ota ward, Tokyo, having fun at glazing.
The art work will be integrated with 1600 convex mirrors on the wall.
When Yoshino Elementary School closed its doors after 103 years, the agrarian town of Shin-Totsukawa-cho, the neighboring town of Takikawa where I grew up, decided to restore (architectural restoration plan by Yoshihiko Iida) and appropriate the school facility into my atelier and gallery. I wanted it to be a place of communication and experience through sculpture, named Kazenobi (Beauty of the Wind).
Kazenobi is open daily except Mondays from May to October. A tiny shop sells my special art pieces only available here, and one can enjoy exquisite cookies and tea at the café.
photo by machiko endo
Unlike museums and galleries, where one is confronted with art, Kazenobi is a place to spend a pleasant time surrounded by art. For this reason, not too many works are exhibited at the same time. By changing the exhibited works from time to time, one can encounter new artworks and enjoy the change in space. Moreover, admission is limited to a number of people entering at the same time, allowing for a quiet and peaceful time to enjoy the surrounding nature. Locals and visitors from far away come here to seek tranquility in a beautiful environment.
One of four artworks I have been working on in Shigaraki since last year has been installed in the shopping mall at the Sapporo JR Station. This artwork is made of terra-cotta, and the accentuated 103 vertical lines represent
trees. The title is “Terminus Forest” and the size is 118″ height x 709″ width. The unveiling ceremony was held on April 29, 2011. I also designed the underground public square and passage walls. All artwork will be completed
in October 2011.
Plywood cut-out and tied together with silk strings.
This artwork has been donated and installed at the entrance of Takikawa Municipal Hospital, Hokkaido, Japan.
Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books that is the compilation of the best design books of the last 100 years has been published in London. Igarashi Alphabets, published by ABC verlag, is included in this book.
Bibliographic is available on amazon.com
Igarashi Alphabets is available on designshop
Igarashi’s essay “Design, sculpture, and My Chronicle” has been publishing serially in Geijutsu Shincho Magazine since March, 2010. (Only available in Japanese.)
The huge white terra-cotta relief that Igarashi has been working in Shigaraki is now complete. This artwork will be installed at the ‘kazenobi’ museum which is renovated from a closed elementary school building.
The museum will open to the public in Spring/early Summer, 2011, in Hokkaido, Japan.