A blog of art happenings in and around Honolulu, Hawai'i
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
SPECIAL MAUI EDITION: Satoru Abe Branches Out
Driving into the Maui Community College campus, visitors are hard-pressed to miss it: an outcropping of five bronze trees looms large on the grassy yard, each tree up to 12 feet high. Satoru Abe's newest and possibly largest sculpture, titled A Path Through The Trees, was commissioned as part of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Art in Public Places program. Although Abe's smaller, detailed works tend to take advantage of the bronze patina to best effect, the sheer size of A Path Through The Trees allows the viewer the less ordinary viewpoint of seeing the sculpture from its interior out.
With A Path Through The Trees, Maui Community College has joined Honolulu Community College and Leeward Community College, as well as a plethora of local grade schools and public spaces, as sites of Satoru Abe sculpture installations. Abe is nothing if not prolific.