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Oval on a Cosmos Ball

Artist/Maker: Takashi Murakami (Japan, b. 1962)

Date: 2000
Medium: plastic, vinyl and paint with CD-ROM inside
Overall: 9 7/8 x 7 3/8 x 7 in. (25.1 x 18.7 x 17.8 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of the Peter Norton Family
Object number: 2002.15
DescriptionThis piece features a cartoon-like character called Oval, who sits atop a "cosmos ball," Murakami's name for the sphere covered with smiling flowers. The meditating figure is loosely based on a Japanese Buddha sculpture. Its multiple faces embody the full spectrum of human emotions and states of being: happiness, anger, wakefulness, sleep. The cosmos ball holds a CD with music composed and performed especially for this project by the Tokyo-based duo ZakYumiko. Inside is a lotus flower, a form often used as a pedestal for Buddhist deities and a symbol of cosmic consciousness.
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