The fist_ART.Foundation is pleased to announce the unveiling of the latest temporal outdoor public art project by artist Miya Ando, Obon [Puerto Rico], on May 27, 2012 at 8pm at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. Obon [Puerto Rico]is the artist’s first project in Puerto Rico, in which she celebrates the island’s natural phenomenon of bioluminescence and pays homage to her Japanese heritage. Obon isa site-specific, large-scale art installation created with hundreds of floating leaves on an outdoor pond, which appear clear in daylight and emit a soft glow at night.
Ando’s intention is to communicate a poetic notion of interconnectivity and create an opportunity to quietly take notice of the beauty in nature and the universal transitoriness in life. Her hope is to create an environment of serene reflection, wonder and peacefulness in the site location of Dorado, Puerto Rico.
As part of the series of site-specific installations by the fist_ART.Foundation, Obonmakes use if the natural material found at Dorado Beach to create Land Art water work. Creating a dialogue on reusable energies and the natural phenomena of bioluminescence in Puerto Rico. A conference with the artist will be held on May 24, 2012 at 5:30pm at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC).
As Ando explains: “This piece is inspired by the ancient Japanese festival of Obon, a ceremony to honor and commemorate the departed. Obon is an ancient event, in which it is believed that during this 3 day ceremony the spirits of one’s departed family members and ancestors return to the home and are reunited with their loved ones, as lanterns are floated on rivers to guide the spirits back to the netherworld”
Miya Ando is an internationally acclaimed artist whose high profile public commissions and unique artwork have been called ‘A Must See’ by the New York Times. Half Japanese & half Russian, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan. In 2011 she completed two memorial sculptures for the 9/11 in which she utilized 30 foot tall pieces of steel, which had fallen from the World Trade Center Buildings.
Ando’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Paris, Berlin, Australia and Tokyo. Miya’s public commissions include projects in South Korea, London, New York and California. She is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner in 2010.
For more information on Miya Ando, visit miyaando.com.
Photograph by L. YOUNG.