Apollo’s mirror by Masaaki Noda
Apollo’s Mirror. 2005 Delphi Greece. Stainless Steel, Gray Stone Base, 3.8 m.
Almost at the end of the path leading to the exit of the estate, among the trees, the mirror of Apollo (Apollo’s Mirror) by Japanese artist Masaaki Noda reflects the Delphic light. The project, was donated by the artist to the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece, to commemorate Lefcadio Hearn on February 26, 2005.
The work and the forms of Masaaki Noda blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings, but even more with the history and the cultural symbolisms of Delphi. Masaaki Noda comes from Japan where, many centuries ago, the forms of the sculptures of the Greek Apollo traveled to inspire the image of Buddha. The European Cultural Centre of Delphi is proud that the work of Masaaki Noda will neighbor with the Delphic light, a work by the great Greek Sculptor Sklavos and considers that it will serve as another important symbol of the dialogue on culture, peace and justice in the world.
Christodoulos Yiallourides, Director of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi
Masaaki Noda was born in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan in 1949. He studied at Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan. In 1977 Masaaki moved to New York City and continued his studies at the Art Students League.
“Noda arrived in New York in 1977 and began his ambitious career as a printmaker, draughtsman, painter, collagist and sculptor. In New York, he spent three years at the Art Students League, during which time he created the first group of refined, polychromatic silkscreen prints which were to dominate his work for the next several years into the late 1980’s.” – Jane Rubin
Noda demonstrates his keen mastery by creating very complex serigraphs with up to 100 colors. Drawing upon subtle archetypical symbolism he creates a unique mix of visual delicacy, formal aesthetic and mystical response. Although his application of color can vary from bold and pure to soft and diffused, all of his art is a celebration of fluidity in movement.
“I like to express the inner and outer worlds of nature for pictorial dynamism. They radiate energy and originate either from the tellurian or the celestial world: perpetual motion which embraces abstraction through the potential and momentum of its intrinsic energy of nature. My artwork evolved into the three-dimensional realm of sculptures. The results impacted my prints and paintings with new angles and dimensions into new art form.”
Noda’s work is in the permanent collection of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY; Portland Art Museum, OR; Minnesota Art Museum, MN; National Museum of Cracow, Poland; European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece; Shenzhen Museum of Art, Luohu District Shenzhen, China; Taipei Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan; Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima, Japan; Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan; Embassy of Greece in Japan; The Museum of International Contemporary Art, Brazil; The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece; National Art Gallery, Athens, Greece: State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Macedoniko Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Embassy of Japan, Athens, Greece; among others.