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Installationist and Site Artist Nobuho Nagasawa's Latest Project Is Up and Running

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Nobuho Nagasawa is a remarkable public artist whose most recent project was designing and installing part of the Birds Motif at the new Soto Metro Station in Los Angeles.

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To read my first OEN article featuring images of Nagasawa's works, click here.

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Ms. Nagasawa describes her art this way:

"My work ranges from site-specific projects to installations and public art. I create an interactive space that is informed by the actual place -- its history, people and spatial narrative. This approach requires detective-like investigation and quasi-archeological research, exploring sociological and psychological aspects of each site. Immediate physical and social context influences the form, content, and choice of materials and media.

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I see my artist's identity as inevitably "hybrid" in my case, part sculptor, journalist, poet, architect, and urban designer. Materials and methodology follow upon the necessary diversity of evolving concepts as a project reveals its conditions. I see this process as an excavation of meanings cultural, geopolitical, social, personal that lie hidden within the materials themselves. By revealing personal memories, collective histories, unacknowledged myths, and contradictory issues, I try to open up key social and personal reserves that can galvanize public interaction. Art, after all, has the power to deconstruct the blockages of social energy and serve as a catalyst to new vision and public self-discovery. My goal is to create artwork that provokes and revives a site and wakes people up to the poetry of place.

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