• Enignum Locus: Tsubaki Chairs

    • Enignum Locus: Tsubaki Chairs

    • Enignum Locus: Tsubaki Chairs

    • Enignum Locus: Tsubaki Chairs

Enignum Locus: Tsubaki Chairs I-III

Joseph Walsh designed three Enignum Locus chairs for the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Suzuka, responding to the unique character of one of the oldest and most venerable Shinto shrines in Japan, founded more than 2,000 years ago. Exhibited in 2017, this was the first time that Joseph Walsh’s work was shown in Japan, followed in 2018 by an exhibition entitled Rinn at the Sogetsu Art Centre in Tokyo. A third exhibition is planned for 2020.

  • Year designed: 2017
  • Materials: Olive ash
  • Finish: Bleached, White oil
  • Dimensions: 555 x 730 x 800mm
  • Edition of: Unique
    • Enignum Locus Chair, Tsubaki Shrine, Japan, 2017

    • Enignum Locus Chair, Tsubaki Shrine, Japan, 2017

    • Enignum Locus Chair, Tsubaki Shrine, Japan, 2017

    • Enignum Locus Chair, Tsubaki Shrine, Japan, 2017

About the Enignum series

From the Latin words Enigma (mystery) and Lignum (wood), the Enignum series expresses the mystery of the form that lies within the material. Each Enignum composition is created by manipulating and reconstructing thin layers of ash or walnut, allowing the wood itself to reveal the form as each layer naturally follows the next, coming from the same tree and following the same path.

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