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Title
Garden Seating, Reading, Thinking
Artist
Kinji Akagawa
Date
1987
Dimensions
overall 45 × 144.5 × 40 inches
Materials
granite, basalt, cedar
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1988.370
Inscriptions
N.A.; N.A.
Physical Description
bench - MSG
Credit Line
In memory of Elizabeth Decker Velie, 1988

artwork entry Kinji Akagawa, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden,

Born in Tokyo and working in Minneapolis since the 1960s, Kinji Akagawa combines the elegant simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with a deep concern for the impact of art on public places. He strives to invite private activities such as reading, thinking, and even writing into the “street” furniture he creates and incorporates common, local materials into their context. The bench he created for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden combines unfinished green basalt from Minnesota, a vertical base of highly polished granite from South Dakota, and a horizontal slab of cedar that recalls forests from the region’s past. The three elements retain their separate and unique characteristics as they combine to create an elegant whole that invites us to rest, read, and reflect in the Garden.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 14.

© 1998 Walker Art Center

curriculum resource Kinji Akagawa, Garden Seating, Reading, Thinking (1987) Walker Art Center, 1998

Twin cities-based artist Kinji Akagawa combines the elegant simplicity of traditional Japanese art with a deep concern for the impact of art on public places. Akagawa’s bench Garden Seating, Reading, Thinking, which he created for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, incorporates both of these ideas. The artist put together three components for the sculpture: a highly polished vertical granite base, the horizontal slab of cedar, and a roughly textured piece of unfinished green basalt. The three separate elements retain the unique characteristics of the materials as they combine to form a structure that invites us to rest, read, and reflect in the Garden.

Text for Kinji Akagawa, Garden Seating, Reading, Thinking (1987), from the curriculum guide The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: A Garden for All Seasons, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center