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Bench was made at the time I first worked with stone in Shikoku following the very productive time I spent there in 1956–57 finding the stones for the UNESCO garden in Paris. Bench thus recalls an earlier time—say in the 1940s—when I was first interested in such matters as a place to sit. This piece has its own validity as a link as well as being itself a precursor of the travertine bench nearby, which I made in Italy in 1966.
Original Noguchi Collection
Quotations by Isamu Noguchi from The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987), unless otherwise noted. The Noguchi Museum gives thanks to the many talented photographers who have documented Isamu Noguchi’s works, particularly Kevin Noble, who has photographed the Museum’s collection for decades, and Shigeo Anzai and Michio Noguchi, whose portraits of the original Museum installations continue to provide inspiration and insight.
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