Artist’s statement: “For the Takatsuki mural: Takatsuki Art Expo asked me to create a mural design which would highlight some aspect of the city. I did some research and found that there was a large amount of these “Haniwa” (terra-cotta buried statues) found there. They have a large museum in the city dedicated to this and actually have a number of excavated artifacts. Anyway, I took this idea and decided to do a mural that depicted the history of Takatsuki. The mural has a Haniwa female sitting on a Haniwa horse in front of a Haniwa house.”


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12mar16. Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan.


Osaka-based American artist DAAS was involved in a special art project for the Takutsuki City Council last Sunday. He created a “Color by Numbers” canvas and encouraged passersby to select a number from a box and then paint the corresponding number grid on the canvas. The result is quite cool. It’s legitimately a DAAS piece (the geometric style) that is also a unique collaboration with the community. All pics are mine, of course, *Except – the final pic showing the final piece (looks great!) is from DAAS’ Facebook page. *Also important to note is the exceptional gray grid on the canvas ~ that was my contribution. The art world is welcome. 🙂

I asked DAAS why he chose the bird-piece, “Migration.” He said:

This design was originally part of a larger one done for a mural in Toride (near Tokyo) which did not get accepted. It was supposed to go on a highway overpass and thus inspired by travel and movement, hence the title “Migration.” When I was asked to do a mural for Takatsuki station, I immediately went to that previous design and reworked it a bit. It’s a painting that I have been wanting to do for almost a year now and finally got the chance.

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16nov14. Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan.