Immortal Flowers – Rikka Shinji Ohmaki

Culture, like nature, consists of layer upon layer. Both are based on a foundation which does not disappear, but on which new generations continue to build. Such are the origins of the city of IJlst. The old, largely twisted stinzen plants are signs of that invisible foundation, and of mankind’s role in its development. The fountain ‘Immortal Flowers - Rikka’ connects flowering stinzen plants as an element of Frisian nature with Ikebana, an old form of Japanese flower arrangement. It symbolises the eternal union between man, culture and nature.
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities

Source of inspiration: the origin of the city from the Ylostins and the Friesian stinzen plants
Materials: stainless steel, terrazzo concrete, car paint, coatings
Size: vase 1.5 m high, 6 m diameter; bouquet 4 m high
Location: a specially laid out park by the Dassenboarch

‘Speak, memory’ could be Shinji Ohmaki’s (Japan, b. 1971) motto. All his sculptures, videos and installations stem from his research into what once was, but has disappeared from our memory. Old crafts, lost traditions, vanished species of flowers: for him they are not gone – just buried under the dust of time. He believes it is his role as an artist to bring them back to life in beauty.

Shinji Ohmaki lives and works in Tokyo. Ohmaki is known for his colourful installations and video works, which have a strong physical and mental impact on the public. Ohmaki has a number of solo and group exhibition to his name in Asia and has participated in important international art events such as the Aichi Triennale and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. He has also designed a number of works for public spaces. He has won various prizes in Japan, China and the US.