By Marina Antokhina, Director, The High School of Landscape and Design, The Moscow Institute of Architecture
Master Tetsunori Kawana started his career in Moscow’s cultural world in June 2005 when, in one of the city’s oldest botanic gardens, “The Garden of the Apothecaries,” which was created in 1868, together with the students and teachers of the Moscow Institute of architecture High School Landscape Architecture and Design, he created a large-scale installation – a green bamboo wave. It was an exclusive mutual work as an international Japanese and Russian project. We had been thinking a lot about creating an art object in the water. Tetsunori Kawana taught us how shadow in the flow. Together with Master Kawana and under his guidance, we worked hard for days and nights for two weeks. The bamboo wave, that we created, was partially drowned in the real water that reflected sky and clouds, and sunlight spots were shining on the leaves. The wave itself symbolized the everyday life going down and raising up from time to time, like a worldly sea we are all swimming in. It was an incredible masterpiece both philosophic and mysterious. Master used all the ways to affect human perception: blowing wind, light reflections, color movements, unexpected flash of a fish in the water. Even the sounds of birds singing and leaves whispering and the delicate aroma of the bamboo intertwined inperfect harmony. The future landscape architects learned how strong and powerful the environment can be. In Russia people do love and value delicate beauty that is the common basic of communication. It was a first event of this type in Moscow, and it was a great success. Kawana-san became a real peace envoy for us. The installation in the Garden was kept for three months and during this period most part of the Moscow cultured citizens visited it. The two leading Moscow museums, the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Moscow Museum of Art, invited Master Tetsunori Kawana for future collaboration on art projects. And for us Master Kawana is an outstanding teacher and a friend, whom we sincerely love.