The Easel

Isamu Nogochi and the Importance of Public Sculptures in Big Cities

This prominent Japanese-American artist had a pot pourri of early experiences – assistant to Brancusi, designing with Buckminster Fuller, pottery in Kyoto, brush painting in China. What emerged were notable public sculptures, iconic modern furniture (with Herman Miller), theatre set designs (with Martha Graham) and even playground equipment. His sense of design overrode any boundary between fine and applied arts. “To order space is to give it meaning”.