Tetsuo Harada

Tetsuo Harada

Tetsuo was born in Japan and studied at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo and then at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He lives and works in France between Paris and his studio in Fresnay l’Eveque (near Chartres).  Tetsuo made a name for himself with monumental sculptures in direct carving on granite or marble. In the 1990s, he developed the concept of “Earth Weaving”, a sculpture symbolizing the bond between countries in brotherhood with granite rings.

Parallel to the sculpture he makes sketches, drawings and paintings which are often a preparatory work for the realization of his sculptures.

Masterful sculptures such as the Nanterre Memorial, two 4.5 meter high columns or the “Mineral Garden” in Saint Brieuc, an 80 m2 sculpture in pink granite that weighs 47 tonnes. In Japan, on the 38th parallel, a column 4 meters high by 1.20 m wide on a base 5 m square entirely made in France in pink granite, the whole weighs 35 tons and was transported to Japan by boat.

The Tazawako Dam Sculpture, inaugurated in 1995, is installed on the dam under construction at Tazawako Lake in Japan. The work is composed of four types of red and pink granite. With its waves, roots, stems, rocks, the sun, it is in harmony with the dam, the mountain and the Tazawako Komagatake volcano. This sculpture, 120 meters long and 16 meters high , is made up of nearly 500 pieces of polished granite.

Key dates :

1992 # Wins the Seiko Epson Inc. competition.
1997 # Foundation of the Parisian studio LDesign with Pippo Lionni
2005 # Design exhibition D–day, from primitive to virtual, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris
2015 # Exhibition and installations, Louise Alexander Gallery, Shanghai, China.

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