In March 2018 the Tower of the Sun will finally be reborn.
Taking advantage of the opportunity presented by seismic retrofitting work on the tower, the long-neglected interior has been renovated and transformed into a permanent exhibition space.
‘“The Tree of Life” is the Tower of the Sun’s bloodstream, the folds in the interior walls are the ‘folds of its brain’.” That is how Tarō Okamoto described it.
The Tower of the Sun is a ‘living being’ with internal organs.
The Tower of the Sun has recovered its internal organs and reawoken after half a century. We would like to take this opportunity to ask ourselves once more, ‘What is the Tower of the Sun’? In this exhibition we will trace the fifty-year history of the tower, from 1967, when Tarō Okamoto participated as producer of Osaka’s Expo ’70, until 2018 when the interior was recreated, and consider Tarō Okamoto’s intentions in creating the Theme Pavilion/Tower of the Sun.
With the full cooperation of the Kaiyodo Company, a leading manufacturer of figurines, we ventured to recreate a miniature three-dimensional model of the Theme Pavilion. All that remained of this artistic exhibition space was photographs but this model allows us to re-experience it in three dimensions. It is something that has never been tried before.
The second part of this exhibition, that runs from February 21, will present the actual prototypes and models that were used in the restoration of the tower's interior, allowing visitors to trace the process of this project in a vivid fashion.
The original model of the 'Sun of the Underworld', which is currently under restoration, will also be included and we hope that you will come and enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the work.
Akiomi Hirano, Director,
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum