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Yoshitada Ihara

363 Honmachi, Kakogawa-Cho
Kakogawa-Shi, Hyogo, 0 6750037, Japan
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Phone: 81-79-422-0494     Fax: 81-79-422-0594
Email: yihara@eco-sculpture.org
URL: http://www.eco-sculpture.org

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Artist's Statement
The basic theme in the creation of my artwork is the development of harmonious relationship between nature and man-made materials. These two opposing elements when combined together can eliminate the borderline between what is natural (live organic matter) and non-natural (mam-made fabrications), and in doing so create a surrounding atmosphere which is tension-free and relaxing. Although nature and man-made materials may appear to be of two separate worlds on thier own, actually a close relationship exists between them in modern day life. Unfortunatery, the worldwide destruction of nature has made it necessary for nature and man-made materials to co-exist with one another, so far as to say that these two elements may evolutionary become dependent on one another. As a result, we must deeply consider the connections that exist between each element by having flexibility in our thinking.

Member: Professional Level Member of International Sculpture Center

Director: Yoshitada Ihara’s Office

Headmaster(Iemoto): Kado Tenpo-ryu (Ikebana Art)

1954
Began studying the art of "Ikebana" (Flower Arrangement)
1965
Awarded Master's Diploma in "Ikebana"
1967-74
Accepted for Nika Exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) in each consecutive year. Nominated for Kansai Nika Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Art Museum) in each consecutive year.
1971
Hyogo Modern Art Museum, Hyogo Prefecture’s 1st Art Festival.
1972
Recipient of Hyogo Prefecture Modern Art Museum’s Award.
Recipient of a special award from the Tokyo Art Museum.
1973
Special exhibition by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Art Museum
1975
Instructor at Japan’s National Reformatory.
1976
Honorary Member of Japan’s Flower Arrangement Foundation.
1986
Erected a sculpture in the Sanzaemonbori Riverside Park, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture.
1989
Erected three sculptures on the main street in front of Kagawashi Station, Hyogo Prefecture.
1990
Qualified for Percent Art Competition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1991
Erected a sculpture along the Nishi Akashi park path, Hyogo Prefecture.
Erected ten sculptures Sho-en Sculpture Center, San Diego, California.
1992
Artwork was nominated for exhibition and won honors at the Urban Art Contest, Maubeuge, France.
1993
Sculpture purchased and on display in the Ashkenazy Gallery, Bel Age Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
1994
Artwork was nominated for exhibition and was chosen as a semi-finalist in the American Fertility Society, Alabama, U.S.A.
1995
World National Scepter Symposium, Lithuania.
One sculpture on permanent display in the European Central Art Museum, Lithuania.
1996
Erected a sculpture in Nakao Water Park, Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture.
1997
Erected a sculpture in front of Furukawa Central Optometry,Furukawa City Miyagi Prefecture.
1998
Erected a sculpture in Midorigaoka Heights in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture.
Erected a sculpture in City Office of Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture.
1999
Exhibit a sculpture at Tokyo International Pavilion of "Landscape Design & Environment International Exhibition."
Erected a Sculpture in Daiwa-Kaikan in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture.
2000
Exhibit a sculpture at The International Gardening Landscaping Exhibition in Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan.

A sculpture at the Anada Park, Kakogawa city, Hyogo Prefecture being process of construction.
Erected an ecological sculpture in Shizen no Ie in Kobe city, Hyogo, Japan.
Traveling Exhibition I (an ecological sculpture "Tree of Origin" )in Kakogawa City Hall, Hyogo Japan.
2001
Traveling Exhibition II "Tree of Origin" at the entrance of Center for horticulture in Akashi City, Hyogo, Japan.
Environmental project (arranging moss plants on rooftop and in bus terminal space).
Transit Fair "Tree of Origin" in Matsushita Stonemasons, Takasago city, Hyogo.
Exhibition at Takashimaya Kyoto department store in Kyoto.
Exhibition at Takashimaya Osaka department store in Osaka.
Traveling Exhibition "Tree of Origin" at the entrance of Osaka Museum of History, and Japan Broadcasting Cooperation, Osaka station (NHK) in Osaka.
2002
Permanent construction exhibition in Osaka.
2004
Participation in planning of memorial park in Akashi Okura coast in Hyogo Prefecture .
2005
Erected 12 Sculptures of Soul Object in Okura Akashi Coast in Hyogo Prefecture .
2006
Erected a Sculpture in Kakogawa Kanno Park in Hyogo Prefecture .
2007
Erected a Sculpture in Himeji Abo Park in Hyogo Prefecture .
The textile request in the Shanghai MORI Building skyscraper.
2008
Erected a moss wall in Tokyo exhibited for G8 environment meeting in Kobe Hyog
2009 Installed the healing space by a moss tapestry in KOBE HARBORLAND CANALGARDEN.
Installed moss healing space in the Erected the moss & stone object in Y's residence in Kakogawa.
2010 Installed the moss tapestry in K's office building in Yokohama.
Completed the new tapestry by dry moss.
2011 Completed the commodity for the moss parking .
Installed the moss tapestry on the wall in a company in Aiichi.