MOVEMENT AND HARMONY
MAJOR SCULPTURE TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
B Y G I O V A N J . M I C H A E L
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
“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 combi-nations
formed by these
three simple shapes. And
so, much like cloud-gaz-ing,
this deceptively sim-ple
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 com-petition
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 anniver-sary
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 contribu-tions
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 addi-tions
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.
Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s sculpture, Harmony, can be found on
a triangular patch of lawn in The Forum shopping center,
across from The Bento Box.
WBM FILE PHOTO