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Auric Shelter | Public Sculptures by Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks | University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu
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Auric Shelter - Public Sculptures

Featured In University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

Site-Specific Installation at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Plexiglas, Steel, Resin

This piece is an installation created by Takizawa while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The shell-like structure stands eleven feet tall and consists of over three hundred custom colored panels. Using chromotherapy studies, Takizawa selected colors that would best cast stress-relieving colored light. The installation was installed during the final exam week for students to experience colored light therapy and to promote alternative methods of mental health care.

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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.