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PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.
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Tatsuo Miyajima

Time Train

All over the world, Tatsuo Miyajima (born 1957) plants shoots from a Chinese Persimmon tree that survived the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki by the Americans. Equally, this is a natural counterpart to his illuminated “number works”. His led number displays repeat the numbers 1 to 9 or 9 to 1 in continuous succession.


For Miyajima, the endless repetition of the numbers is a comment on the eternal cycle of life. He avoids zero, as it is a symbol of the absolute and also of nothingness and stasis. Just as each person has their own individual lifetime, these illuminated number works also possess their own respective rhythms. Thus, numbers become a metaphor for the investigation of the fundamental questions of human existence: time and space, life and death.

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"Tatsuo Miyajima"

April 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-180-1

30,00 x 24,50 cm

144 Pages

59 colored illustrations

Hardcover with clothbound, bound, with dust-jacket, with slipcase

Languages: German, English

Editor
Hans-Jürgen Schwalm and Ferdinand Ullrich, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

preface
Hans-Jürgen Schwalm and Ferdinand Ullrich

authors
Eugen Blume and Friedrich Meschede
Events
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition «Tatsuo Miyajima. Time Train — Zeit, Zahl und Kosmos», 2008, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.