Japanese public art – Shinjuku edition
Jun 19, 2018
Experience art free of charge!
Though Shinjuku is known in particular for its many places to go shopping, a walk through the area reveals an amazing array of public artworks. Here are a few near Shinjuku Station that we have selected to get you started.
The Love statue
This is one of the many versions of Love located around the world and created by the pop artist Robert Indiana. Inevitably drawing the eye of passers-by, this objet d’art is commonly used in the backdrop of Japanese dramas and other television programs. It is also a popular location to meet up when going out on a date.
Location: Next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly North Intersection in front of Shinjuku I-Land Tower [Google Map]
The Love Statue
This objet d’art decorates the entrance to Shinjuku I-Land Tower. Created by Robert Indiana who began work in 1995, this art piece makes this a popular spot that often shows up in TV dramas. The sense…
- 6-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
- Telephone number
- Hours of operation
- 7:00–23:00 (building hours)
Hand of Peace
Towering nearly four meters in height, this giant statue of a hand making a peace sign was created by Japanese sculptor Keimu Kamata. Installed in 2017, this new addition to the art scene may very well become as popular for taking pictures as the Love sculpture is. On your next trip to Shinjuku, be sure to check out this tribute to peace along with the tribute to love.
Location: Outside the Shinjuku Center Building [Google Map]
Unghia e marmo (Fingernail and marble)
Created by the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone, this piece of art is indeed in the shape of a fingernail. The marble and glass rising from water create a cool, refreshing atmosphere.
Location: Courtyard inside Shinjuku I-Land Tower [Google Map]
Tokyo Brushstroke I, Tokyo Brushstroke II
These colorful objets d’art are creations of Roy Lichtenstein, a representative artist of the Pop Art movement along with Andy Warhol. As per the titles, these works depict a brushstroke and it seems you can feel the rhythm of the brush sweeping over the canvas.
Location: Along Ome Kaido Avenue near Shinjuku I-Land Tower [Google Map]
We hope you enjoyed this tour! Next time you come to Shinjuku to see the sights, we hope you will take some time to enjoy the art made by these famous artists.