Japan is an example of a nation that is tougher than its buildings. After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami left a trail of destruction, the country rebuilt itself quickly.
Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda is proof that even the darkest and most troublesome of times can inspire something beautiful. Ikeda’s latest work titled ‘Rebirth’ is a reminder of how far the country has come.
The artist started work on Rebirth back in 2013 and since then he was sinking 10 hours a day, six days a week, to finish this 13×10 foot piece. It has taken him 3.5 years to complete the masterpiece.
The drawing depicts the carnage caused by the disaster, surrounded by the waves of the overpowering tsunami. At its core, is a tree rising from the debris of the tsunami as enormous waves crash nearby.
But that’s only the surface of the image. If you look closer, you’ll see that the drawing consists of a myriad of tiny details. The painting reveals thousand of stories of anonymous people, plants, and animals that were unfolding during the tragic events.
Ikeda’s finishes his work just last week and the painting is displayed at the Chazen Museum of Art. “My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don’t intentionally depict detailed images,” he tells the Chazen.
The Pen and the ink seem to be the best tools to express his activity. You can see more of Ikeda’s work on his website.
Now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.