Saturday, June 11, 2011

Arizona Beach

This is an art installation called “Arizona Beach” by Hirotsune Tashima.  Located inside the newest building of the Phoenix Convention Center, it is comprised of several stoneware ceramic sculptures depicting people engaged in various activities alongside desert animals and plants.  The artist notes that it is supposed to point to the power of growth and encourage people to live fully.  Mr. Tashima studied art in both Japan and the United States and currently teaches Ceramics at Pima Community College in Tucson Arizona.

16 comments:

Steffe said...

I like naked woman in the sand.

Kathy said...

The jury is still out on this one!

Stephanie said...

Nice work...there is so much detail! Esp on woman's shirt and palm trees. At first, I thought the gal in the sand was sinking in quick sand! But I suppose they are in water since the man has a water ring?

You're right about the mimosa and fairy duster. They must be related!

Birdman said...

???????? I'll pass comment on this one too.

Kate said...

This man is a true artist. "Living fully" is what I'm trying to do! The detail on the sculptures is amazing, but I wonder what he adds to the sand to keep it from drying and crumbling? When in Mazatlan during the winter, I always loved seeing the sand sculptures, but none of them could compare with these.

brattcat said...

I think that would be a very bizarre beach to hang out at.

Jacob said...

Very interesting and creative. One could say, I guess, that southern Arizona is pretty much one big "beach."

I do recall that Tempe had built some kind of water park with beach...I wonder if that is still in operation?

Regina K said...

I have some property on a beach in Arizona for sale...

Randy said...

I agree with Kathy.

Jarart said...

This is an interesting piece of artwork and kind of fun too. The artist has a great imagination. Sorry Steffe, but I don't think the girl is naked. :)

RedPat said...

I particularly like the detail work on the cacti. A bit of a strange piece I guess but gets people thinking!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

For people who think that Arizona will have a beach after California splits off into the ocean, this shows what the beach would be like.

Jack said...

This one is great. Like Steffe, I like naked women in the sand, but I clicked on the pic and she is wearing a bikini. Still . . .

Andrew Etchen said...

@Jack, I believe that maybe she is naked under the sand. I guess we will never know ;)

JM said...

Funny that I thought this could be the work of a Japanese artist. Then I read what you wrote. :-) Very cool installation!

Magpie said...

This is so unusual! You find the neatest things to take pictures of.