Monumental Art of Japan

Art in public places

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Monumental art refers to generally large works of art created in harmony with the surrounding architecture or environment. It also can be called ‘public’ art as they available to anybody and are designed to brighten everyday life.

Monumental art can include sculptures, compositions, mosaic panels, building decorations, stained glass, street clocks and so on. Perhaps influenced by overseas designers, the style of monumental art in Japan leans towards the international rather than purely Japanese.

Some works are ‘realistic’ and picture a real story or a person, such as the Hachiko wall in Shibuya or the kabuki characters near Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto. Their role is to either accent a surrounding space or to be the focal point of an architectural composition. Good samples of this are the sculptures in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government complex that liven up the strict geometry of the architecture.

Sometimes the works create a special space, like the large semi-abstract sculptures forming the unique space of the Seaside Park of Ito, or the mirrored panels and striped frames that create an illusion of infinity on Odaiba Island.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!