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Public Sculpture, 2019

Akira Ohiso created 25 of his popular Fish Kites as a double art installation for the final goodbye celebration of the Alaskan Way Viaduct SR-99 before it is removed. The multi-day celebration included a run, bike ride and walk celebrating the end of its Seattle history. Akira was selected, along with other Seattle artists, to create a unique installation for this event. The 25 kites featured 8 images of Elliot Bay marine life.

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Public Sculpture, 2018

Akira Ohiso’s art installation brings attention to the history of the river as a fertile fishery for the Duwamish Native tribe. The shallow banks of Longfellow Creek once supported smelt, but they slowly disappeared with the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent proliferation of chemicals and toxic waste. Ohiso created drawings of native smelt – in red, yellow, black, and blue – that were then digitally printed onto white windsocks to create fish kites. In the artist’s Japanese culture, fish kites (Koinobori) are flown on poles to celebrate an annual national Children’s Day – symbolizing hope for a healthy and prosperous future for children. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese-American internment camps, adding poignancy to the installation.

Statement by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

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Mixed media sculpture. 25 x 44 inches, 2011

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Acrylic on wood. 31 x 59 inches, 2011