Ever since I stumbled on a picture of this sculpture via Tumblr… I knew it would be in my collection. Getting obsessed about a toy or artwork doesn’t happen much to me and of late really not at all … but, this time I got that feeling like it was destiny… something that was bound to come to me… no matter what !
As I blogged about in a previous post, the artist I was able to track down via a friend of his on Twitter. The artist, Budi Nugroho, is a young artist based in Indonesia and once we started emailing I knew this particular piece was coming to San Francisco ;-P
The van comes to a halt and the driver opens the back doors. I help him bring down the crate to the street and to the garage. It’s not too heavy…the crate is well built. All I can think is geez this is a huge crate.. and it has handles, too !
I peek in .. I can swear a rush of cool air blows back into my face… the smell of fiberglass and paint waft over me … yummy !
I feel like I’m opening the Ark of the Covenant ! Lets hope there’s no evil ghosts I let out !!
Ultraman and Buddha ? Wha ?!!
Tohru “Tohl” Narita was the original production designer back in 1966, on the series Ultraman. Ultraman was in part inspired by Buddhist statues in Japan,like these, below.
So fine artist, Budi Nugroho, in creating his “Sitting Gaia” figure for his series of sculptures and art called “i like contemporary, but contemporary like it shiny”, has taken this concept of Ultraman and Buddha and merged them .. a contemporary , modern, commercial character, who was spawned from this ancient religious relic of the past. The result is an amazingly serene and compassionate in repose Ultraman.
I haven’t even shown the beautiful triangle base that the figure will rest on … it’s massive too !!!
I’ve collected Ultraman toys and items for well over 20 years now .. and I have to say this new artwork perfectly captures that mythical and heroic quality that captured my boyhood imagination. My Ultraman shrine now has a proper deity to pray to … Toy Karma !
Artist Budi Nugroho – http://budiadinugroho.blogspot.com/
Email: Budi Nugroho