Sweet Japanese Artworks made from Recycled Materials at Aqua Metropolis Osaka festival, Japan

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Friday 11 September 2009.

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Tai Snaith, who is currently participating in an artist residency in Osaka, recently attended the Aqua Metropolis Osaka festival which runs until October 12. The festival held workshops making artworks out of recycled materials.

“Aqua Metropolis Osaka uses a really unusual piece of public land, like a long island in the middle of the city, and the festival has built temporary pavilions which house workshops for kids that are all creative, but focusing on re-using, recycling and sustainability. Some of them are also open air artist’s studios. One of my favourite workshops was called the ‘Kaeru system’ which literally means frog system, but also refers to a cycle or the idea of transformation in Japanese. In this workshop artists used thousands of PET bottles, plastic bags, old plastic coat hangers and happy mean figurines to create everything from boats and ceiling sculptures to woven rugs.

Also the fire breathing dragon boat by famous Japanese sculptor Yanobe Kenji (also pictured) was a big crowd puller and anchored in the river around the island.

You can read more about the Aqua Metropolis Osaka festival at
http://www.suito-saka2009.jp/en/about/index.html