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United by Emotions, 2021

By 2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program project team Ben Volta, Cho Kuwakado, and Yasuyuki Sakura.



The artworks are the result of 100s of drawings created through workshops held with Patricia Quigley's art class at Bache-Martin Elementary School in Philadelphia, and youth at the Lumbini Kindergarten and the Tsuruoka Children's Club in Saiki, Japan in early 2020.

Inspired by Olympic Athletes and the energy expressed in creative movement in sports - youth in the United States and in Japan were asked to think about what their energy and emotions would look like if it was unleashed as a beautiful and creative line that wraps around a circle to create a ring.

The collaboration has taken many forms including an interior sculptural installation and mosaic mural in Saiki, and an interior installation in Philadelphia. The large mural will be later exhibited at the Panasonic Center Tokyo from October 2021 - March 2022. Due to the ongoing pandemic, a pop-up art exhibition on Parasols at Oita JR Train Station which was planned for this summer is postponed to the fall of 2021.











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