Etc.: Movement and Harmony

by Giovan J. Michael
March 2020

Major Sculpture to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

It towers 17 feet in the air. At first it seems like a very simple statue, but there is a beautiful complexity hidden behind its minimalism. The piece moves seamlessly between jagged lines and smooth bouncing surfaces. Because of its three-dimensional nature, "Harmony" does not allow itself to be viewed fully from just one angle, and so viewers must move with the piece in order to see it fully. As they do, they are gifted with an infinite number of combinations formed by these three simple shapes. And so, much like cloud-gazing, this deceptively simple sculpture plays a game with imagination, challenging its viewers to see how many shapes they can conjure up.

The piece, created by acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, was the winner of a public sculpture competition sponsored by David Swain, the former owner of The Forum on Military Cutoff Road. It was unveiled on Oct. 26, 2000, and will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year.

In February, Swain & Associates greenlighted a move of the sculpture to the Cameron Art Museum from its location on triangular patch of lawn in The Forum shopping center, across from The Bento Box. "We are hoping to have it installed by the end of May 2020," Anne Brennan, Cameron Art Museum says.

Sueyoshi, a native of Tokyo, has lived in North Carolina since 1971 and has made many contributions to the state and the Wilmington area. He helped design the state's first Japanese climbing kiln in Asheboro, taught pottery at Cape Fear Community College for 20 years, served as artist-in-residence at the Cameron Art Museum, and added beautiful additions to the Minnie Evans Sculpture Garden in Airlie Gardens, to name only a few.

For more on Hiroshi Sueyoshi, see "Living Treasure" in the Nov. 2014 Wrightsville Beach Magazine.


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