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 Tsubaki Noboru has installed a gigantic, bright red leafcutter ant, like an enormous mutant, in front of Towada Art Center facing the street. The leafcutter ant is found in the rainforests of Central and South America. One might not imagine−given their frightful appearance−that they are actually agricultural creatures, cutting tree leaves to bring to their nests and grow the fungus that makes up their diet. Tsubaki has super-sized the ant to look like a giant robot to give us an insight into the workings of the natural world, diverse beyond imagination, and at the same time, to sound a warning about the ballooning consumerism that has driven agriculture to crisis point, trapped by our modern-day obsession with economic growth.
 Tsubaki has been creating colorful, gigantic sculptures of mutant creatures and living organisms since the late 1980s. He famously exhibited a 55-meter-long locust balloon affixed to the outside of the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel for Yokohama Triennale 2001, warning of overconfidence in globalization. His work of recent years often involves grafting socially-conscious messages onto the forms of popular insects.

Photo: Oyamada Kuniya



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