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Sawako Shintani

Project Area: Little Tokyo
Project: Little Tokyo Plaza
Project Location: Weller Court, 123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Street
Project Type: Developer


This 5'h x 17 1/2 'w semi-abstract bronze bas-relief by Sawako Shintani communicates the themes of peace and friendship by depicting figures holding hands or embracing each other. Originally located at the Little Tokyo Plaza development, it was removed to make room for new storefronts.  In 2009, Harmony was relocated to the first floor courtyard at Weller Court.

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Sawako Shintani was born in 1939 in Kobe, Japan to a family of artists. In 1962, Shintani received her BFA in sculpture at the Kyoto University of Fine Arts followed by additional studies in sculpture and ceramics at the Chouinard Art School.  The artist has sculpted in a variety of mediums including wood, concrete, and bronze.  In recent years, she has focused her attention on working in ceramics.  Harmony is Shintani's first public artwork in the United States.  Shintani has lived in Los Angeles since 1970.