1.7, 2007


 

Reona Ueda and Studio Newwork
1.7, 2007
urethane-coated, lacquered synthetic resin and stainless steel
100 pieces were planned to be produced, but only 7 pieces have been made.
47 x 46 x 251 mm / 1.85 x 1.81 x 9.88 in

 

1.7 is an art multiple inspired by a traditional Japanese hair ornament kanzashi. It is composed of spiraling text by an unknown author, “It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”, embellished with handmade representations of Japanese native plants included in a classic botanical book, Flora Japonica. Written by the German physician P.F.B. von Siebold (1796-1866), it introduced many Japanese plants and flowers to Europeans in the 19th century.

 

Von Siebold resided in Japan from 1823 to 1829. Japan was then undergoing a strict policy of isolationism imposed by its feudal government. While practicing as a physician and giving lectures on European medicine and natural history, he focused on the naturalistic and ethnologic study of Japanese flora and fauna with full enthusiasm. Despite his fame in Japan, von Siebold is almost unknown in the rest of the world.