Friday, June 26, 2009

Joetsu city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan: Persimmon, Chinese Parasol Tree, Sendan seeds were sent to The 4th Blue Sky Project

I have sent Persimmon, Chinese Parasol Tree and Sendan seeds to "The 4th Blue Sky Project: An International Exhibition--Love, Blue Sky, and Peace". It is the 4th exhibition this year based on art that can be send in mail and internet. I have sent these seeds to Mr. Michio Horikawa who is an organizer of this exhibition so he would plant the seeds, hoping that by the time of the exhibiton, these seeds would sprout. Thus, these seedlings would be donated to people who come to the exhibition.

Mr. Horikawa had wrote about receving the seeds in his blog with extensive pictures. Here are some of the pictures. Please click here to see his blog (it is in Japanese)

And here are some of his extensive documentations. Please click here for more pictures in his photo site...hatena fotofile

This is Mr. Michio Horikawa with a cucumber!
Info for those who are interested in participating in "The Blue Sky Project"

Please participate in an art event through the Internet!
Theme: World Peace - the motif is the Blue Sky That Envelopes Earth

The 4th Blue Sky Project:
An International Exhibition--Love, Blue Sky, and Peace Participation Guidelines
1. Purpose

On September 11, 2001, the New York-based art historian Reiko Tomii photographed the tragedy of World Trade Center from her home, and uploaded three photographs for her Japanese friends. After a few years, by looking at these photographs, I realized one thing: there was a beautiful blue sky over New York. There was also a beautiful blue sky over Hiroshima on August 6, and over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, when atomic bombs were dropped on these Japanese cities. The blue sky was the backdrop of historic human follies, again and again.

Above the clouds, there is the blue sky that envelopes the Earth. We will never make the beautiful blue sky a backdrop of war, nuclear bombing, terrorism, massacre, and other destructive acts. Never again.

The blue sky is our shared motif. We want you to freely express your hope for happiness of all the people in the world. We want to tell this message to many people in the world.

2. Theme

Message from the Blue Sky (world peace, international understanding, international friendship, human rights, well-being, environment, etc.)

3. Period&Venue

August 1(Saturday) to August 9(Sunday), 2009
Civic Gallery, Takada Library in Takada Park, MotosiroCho, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Round Exhibition /August 21,22,23,28,29,30, 2009
Imai Museum, Mitsuke City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

4. Participation Guidelines: To participate from abroad

1) One work per each artist.
2) No participation fees required.
3) You may send your work (up to A3 size) via e-mail attachment or air mail. Please keep the attachment file under the reasonable (e-mail-compatible) size.
4) Any medium is fine, as long as the work expresses the exhibition’s theme: painting, poster, illustration, illustrated letter, calligraphy, message, instruction, computer graphics, photograph, photo-mail, etc. They must be submitted in a digital form via e-mail attachment.

6. How to Participate

1) Application deadline: June 30.
Please contact Michio Horikawa at
2) Delivery deadline: July25, please send as e-mail attachment
3) Installation: August 1, deinstallation: August 9
Round Exhibition /Installation: August 20, deinstallation: August 30
5. Others
1) All participating works will be posted on the exhibition’s website.
2) Official website for the exhibition in 2007&2008:

6. Organizer: Blue Sky Project Exhibition Organizing Committee (as of July1)
Michio Horikawa, Tadashi Maeyama, Noriko Kanaya, Kenji Funami, website: Shinichi Noguchi

7. Sponsors
City of Joetsu
Joetsu City Education Board
Joetsu International Exchange Association
Joetsu Art Education Federation

8. Contact for Organizing Committee
Blue Sky Project Exhibition Organizing Committee
(Attention: Horikawa Michio)
1-16-4 Higashishirocho, Joetsu , Niigata Prefecture 943-0836 JAPAN
Tel&Fax: +81-25-521-2725

Now Persimmon seed sprouted!

Congratulations, My Horikawa!!
My contribution for Blue Sky Project succeeded!

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