Jan 2021 8 editions
Acrylic plexiglass and LED
47 1/5 × 23 3/5 × 2 in – 120 × 60 × 5 cm
serie “Illuminated Schoolgirls Odyssey : The Silent Saga of Light and Loss”
Hiro Ando’s sculpture “Yuki U: Shadows of Solitude in the Dawn” vividly captures the character of Yuki U from “Battle Royale.” The artwork is a striking narrative piece that conveys Yuki U’s emotional and psychological journey within the treacherous confines of the game.
“Shadows of Solitude” in the title reflects the deep isolation Yuki U experiences in the narrative. This is depicted in the sculpture through her introspective stance and expression, which illustrate her detachment and contemplation. These visual elements highlight Yuki’s forced solitude and the internal struggles she faces as she navigates the perilous environment of the Battle Royale.
The “Dawn” aspect of the title signifies the beginning of Yuki U’s tumultuous journey, a transition from her known life to the unknown horrors of the game. The sculpture likely presents this through a nuanced use of lighting, with the dawning light symbolizing the onset of the Battle Royale and the profound changes it brings to Yuki’s life.
The form of the sculpture combines traditional Japanese artistic elements with contemporary influences, mirroring the collision of innocence and brutal reality in “Battle Royale.”
“Yuki U: Shadows of Solitude in the Dawn” stands as a powerful representation of Yuki U’s character and explores broader themes such as solitude, survival, and the transformative impact of extreme circumstances. The artwork engages viewers in contemplation on the resilience of the human spirit and the profound effects of challenging experiences on personal identity and growth.