The 3rd YUKUHASHI International Figurative Sculpture Competition

YUKUHASHI Biennale 2021

Five works have been selected for the 3rd International Yukihashi Sculpture Exhibition. This year, we received 32 entries from 6 countries
(26 from Japan, 2 from China, and 1 each from Romania, Spain, the United States, and Bulgaria).

Prize-winning work
YUKUHASHI BIENNALE 2021

First Round Review

MATSUDA Koji「Suematsu Kencho」
MATSUDA Koji「Suematsu Kencho」

MATSUDA Mitsuji

Suematsu Kencho

I tried to expresse his portrait with  a deep gaze that looks toward the future of Japan and prays for the descendants prosperity.

AONO Sequoyah「Influencer K. Suematsu」
AONO Sequoyah「Influencer K. Suematsu」

AONO Sequoyah

Influencer K. Suematsu

I had grown up in Japan and have lived abroad for a living in the sculpture field, I found commons with  Mr. Suematsu’s works and I was greatly inspired by him. His achievements as a politician and a man of culture in this turbulent time are immeasurable, and his major contributions to the country and other countries as a bridge to breathe new life into it. I would like to carve his statue in honor of Mr. Suematsu. The mirror-like reflective surface changes color depending on the weather, the four seasons, and the time of day, expressing the “novelty” of his personality and the ever-fading brilliance of his work.

KAWAMURA Youhei「Kencho Suematsu, drafting」
KAWAMURA Youhei「Kencho Suematsu, drafting」

KAWAMURA Youhei

Kencho Suematsu, drafting

Kencho Suematsu is a proud “intellectual giant” of Yukuhashi, who was active both at home and abroad during the turbulent era. This work expresses his aspect as an “influencer” in the Meiji era (1868-1912), when he introduced Japanese culture to the world, as a dignified yet relaxed figure working on a draft of a text.Since this work will be placed in the station square, I considered that (1) the realization of the physical quantity and (2) the creation of a “gimmick” that many people will be interested in. As for (1), It envisions and realizes a statue sitting in a chair. I designed a pose and a human body rate with the assumption that people’s eyes would come to aroound the knees of the statue and that it would look up slightly.   As for (2), I included playful modeling that integrates the high back chair and the book. The clouds overflowing through the open pages express his rich creativity as a man of culture.

KORI Junji「To the world」
KORI Junji「To the world」

KORI Junji

To the world

Overlaying the life of Mr. Kencho Suematsu, who stood up to Western powers with pride, armed with language and education, with the image of young Japan in the Meiji era (1868-1912), I expressed him as a spirited young man.

Carrying Japanse and Western books, he stands up with settled convictions and gazes stare to the future of Japan in the wider world.

Miguel del Rey Vergara「Suematsu Kencho」
Miguel del Rey Vegara「Suematsu Kencho」

Miguel del Rey Vergara

Suematsu Kencho

I wanted to portray the subject in a way that shows pride and confidence for all his life achievements.