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Dec. 18 Art Minute: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Five Elements: Lake Superior, Eagle River, No. 53552.01

Posted on Monday, December 18th, 2017

Shaped like a five-story Japanese Buddhist pagoda, this glass sculpture references miniature shrines made of rock crystal, a material revered in the early Buddhist world for its purity and its ability to transmit light. The five stacked elements represent, from bottom to top: the earth (cube), water (sphere), fire (pyramid), wind (hemisphere), and space (tear-drop […]

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