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Iwasaki’s Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss) 2010–12 is modelled on the well-known Houdo (Phoenix Pavilion), constructed in 1053 in Uji, near Kyoto, as part of the Byodo-in Temple, a remarkable example of Heian-period architecture.
This work is from a series of sculptural installations designed to reframe the familiar by depicting structures of considerable cultural importance.
Meticulously recreating the structure from the traditional building material hinoki (Japanese Cypress) and avoiding embellishment and colour, Iwasaki’s exquisite work shows a respect for the materials, techniques, architecture and cultural significance of the building.
Takahiro Iwasaki is based in Hiroshima, Japan, and graduated from Hiroshima City University and Edinburgh College of Art MFA. Iwasaki is recognised as one of Japan’s new generation of emerging young artists, who creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret contemporary cityscapes and iconic historical buildings.
In recent years, his artworks have appeared in numerous international art fairs and major exhibitions, with sculptures from his Reflection Model series receiving the greatest attention. Iwasaki constructs precise three-dimensional models that combining actual buildings with their reflections, which are then suspended.