Sea of Time, 1998. LEDs, IC, electrical wire, plastic coating, and water in FRP water pool, 125 pieces, 486 x 577 x 15 cm. overall.

The Life Through Time and Space: A Conversation with Tatsuo Miyajima

Since the 1980s, Tatsuo Miyajima, who lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan, has been making works that address time. Numbers made of LEDs count from one to nine or from nine to one; zero is not shown. For Miyajima, time raises the issue of what he calls “The Life”—an ongoing, natural process combining life and death and involving everything from humans and animals to plants and stones. These aspects of The Life are visible in Miyajima’s three central concepts: first, keep changing; second, continue forever; third, connect with everything. “Art in You,” another important concept for him, considers the viewer as a mirror in which to contemplate The Life. …see the entire article in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.