Jan 2021 8 editions
Acrylic plexiglass and LED
31 1/2 × 23 3/5 × 4/5 in – 80 × 60 × 2 cm
Artist name , edition number …/8 and date carved on a metal label on the base of the artwork
serie “Feline Sketches Chronicles : Luminous Legends”
“UrbanCat Gleam: Cityscape Light Sketch,” a mesmerizing piece by the renowned Japanese artist Hiro Ando, stands as a captivating embodiment of the urban zeitgeist in his “Feline Sketches Chronicles: Luminous Legends” series. One can delve into the profound narrative and psychological layers that Ando weaves into this artwork.
The sculpture, a stunning rendition of Ando’s iconic Urbancat, is masterfully crafted to resemble a sketch brought to life in three dimensions. Utilizing plexiglass as his canvas, Ando challenges the conventional boundaries of sculpture and drawing. The Urbancat, traditionally a symbol of agility and adaptability, is reimagined against the backdrop of an ever-changing urban landscape, illuminated by the subtle yet impactful use of LED lighting.
In “UrbanCat Gleam: Cityscape Light Sketch,” the Urbancat is not just a character; it’s a representation of the urban dweller’s psyche. The plexiglass medium, with its resilience, symbolizes the clarity and strength needed to navigate the complexities of city life. The LED lights, interwoven within the sculpture, do more than illuminate; they create a dynamic interplay of shadows and highlights, mirroring the fluctuating rhythm of urban existence.
The artwork tells a story of survival and adaptation. The Urbancat’s poised, alert stance, coupled with the vibrant glow of the LED lights, encapsulates the essence of living in a modern metropolis – the constant state of awareness, the allure of city lights, and the underlying energy that fuels the urban spirit. The LED lights, changing in intensity and color, reflect the diverse experiences and emotional tapestry of city life, from the pulsating energy of daytime to the introspective calm of night.
As viewers engage with “UrbanCat Gleam,” they are invited to reflect on their own experiences within the urban jungle. The artwork becomes a mirror, reflecting the viewer’s inner thoughts and feelings about city life – its challenges, its beauty, and its unceasing motion.
In the broader context of the “Feline Sketches Chronicles: Luminous Legends” series, this piece stands as a testament to Ando’s skill in capturing the essence of contemporary life through his unique fusion of traditional themes and innovative techniques. “UrbanCat Gleam: Cityscape Light Sketch” is not just a visual spectacle; it’s a psychological journey into the heart of urban living, encapsulating the spirit of adaptability and resilience that defines the modern city dweller.