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Godai Hitotsu

Akemi Shimko's avatar Akemi Shimko

The Godai represents the five elements from a Japanese Buddhist perspective. In the Godai the five elements are arranged from bottom to top: earth is at the bottom, followed by water, fire, air and at the top is void or emptiness. The elements in the sculpture represent the journey to enlightenment from the solid earth element to the emptiness of the void at the top. I represented the five elements using the Platonic solids. The Platonic solids are arranged in a line with the cube at the bottom and the dodecahedron at the top. The cube is earth- stable and grounded. The element of water is represented by the icosahedron- a 20 sided solid that resembles a sphere capturing fluidity. The element of fire is represented by the tetrahedron- a triangular pyramid that resembles the shape of flame. The octahedron is air or wind- an 8 sided solid that seems to float in the air on its point. The void is represented by the dodecahedron- a solid made up of 12 pentagons.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 20 inches
  • Medium: Paper
  • Width: 15 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 7 feet