Ryo Shimizu’s Crumbling Letters

Ryo Shimizu’s Crumbling Letters

Tokyo-based artist Ryo Shimizu decided to create an installation based on a Roman-letters reconstruction of the Chinese kanji characters. It speaks of “East meets West” in a stylish manner, given by its originality and its grandeur.

“Cnjpus Text” is the third in a series of text-based installations that Shimizu has been making since 2009. The words on the wall actually make sense in the English language, written in the traditional Roman alphabet, but using Chinese strokes calligraphy.

To add up to it, the kanji characters not restructured were left on the floor, as if they had fallen, illustrating an undeniably present cultural clash.

Photos from thisiscolossal.


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