September 27, 2018

In a Stone Garden: Masayuki Koorida’s Sculpture

In a Stone Garden: Masayuki Koorida’s Sculpture

Japanese sculptor Masayuki Koorida was born in 1960 in Kyoto, Japan and today lives in Shanghai. He is considered a major talent and dedicated figure in contemporary sculpture. Celebrated for partially carved and polished boulders like “Existence” (seen below and permanently sited in The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden), Koorida has broadened his stonework repertoire with highly polished geometric pieces in a variety of materials and exquisite, large-scale drawings. This year, for the first time, he staged two exhibitions in the United States, one at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the other at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, which is ongoing until February 24, 2019.


Working with a small group of assistants from his studio in Shanghai, China, Masayuki Koorida uses stone as his primary medium to create large-scale, technically ambitious projects. The transformative practice of his work is largely achieved by hand carving and polishing. Existence, a five-part granite sculpture, is an archetypal project for the sculptor. The piece was sited specifically by the artist during his visit to Meijer Gardens.

Another view of “Existence”

Alessandria, Italy

Shanghai Sculpture Park

Rose Garden Sculpture Park, Taipei

Yorkshire (England) Sculpture Park

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