"Brush the Sky" augmented reality Japanese calligraphy gallery exhibit and public art project
Tamiko Thiel (augmented reality) and Midori Kono Thiel (Japanese calligraphy)
"Brush the Sky: Astonishment ( 驚 ) Odoroku" @ Seattle Center
This augment also includes the characters: Past, Present, Future ( 過去 – 現代 – 未来 ) Kako – Gendai – Mirai
... and the logo of the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival, which takes place in the Fisher Pavilion just behind the International Fountain.
Wing Luke Museum - Smithsonian Institution affiliate museum
Seattle, 15 May 2015 - 17 April 2016
The future is now! Seattle’s 1962 Century 21 Exposition was turning the city into an astonishing image of the future for the young Kono Thiel family as they arrived in 1961.
The Space Needle's iconic wasp-waist design was by Victor Steinbruck, who persuaded Midori's husband Philip Thiel to settle in Seattle as Professor of Architecture at the UW.
The International Fountain, designed by the Japanese architects Kazuyuki Matsushita and Hideki Shimizu to symbolize mankind’s efforts to explore outer space, was not a surprise at all – Midori Kono Thiel recalls how the two graduate students visited the family in Japan to seek advice before submitting the design to the competition.
Near the fountain, Fisher Pavilion is the site of one of Midori Kono Thiel's primary activities as an arts organizer – the annual Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival, of which Midori has been exhibitions chair since the 1980s.