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Breaking the Silence | Public Art by Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks | STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in Star
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Breaking the Silence - Public Art

Featured In STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, Star, NC

Site-Specific Installation at STARworks NC, in Star, NC
Blown Glass, Plate Glass, Steel, Water, Wood, PVC, Water Pump

This piece was inspired by Takizawa’s experience caring for someone struggling with severe suicidal ideation. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and its rate has been increasing for the past decade, yet it is still a taboo topic of conversation. This piece is intended to start a dialogue.

This site-specific installation was created at STARworks Glass Lab in Star, NC. The piece included a water system that sprinkled droplets of water into hundreds of irregular clear glass vessels. These vessels filled to the brim, eventually tipped over and fell. Watch a video of this installation here:

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Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks
Meet the Creator
Wescover creator since 2020
As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Kazuki Takizawa uses glass as a means to explore his inner reality and destigmatize mental illness. In an aim to give the invisible shape, Takizawa crafts elaborate vessels and installations, each with a unique story. Universally rooted in a dialogue around mental health, his series examines broad themes such as attaining minimalism among chaos as well as personal narratives around family, and his individual challenges. Takizawa has traveled to numerous communities in and outside the US to share his work and act as an advocate for mental illness. His practice offers an uncommon and inclusive space to increase awareness and start a conversation.

Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BFA in glass art in 2010 and currently owns and runs a glassblowing studio called KT Glassworks.