Courtesy: SFCA


Honolulu, Hawaii

Tadashi Sato

Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813
Date:  2009
Placement:  capitols
Artwork Type:  mosaics (visual works), floors (surface elements)
Material:  glass (material)
Description:  “Aquarius,” named by artist Tadashi Sato for his own astrological sign, is a 36-foot circular mosaic, composed of overlapping and superimposed images, and inspired by submerged stones viewed through the depth and reflection of blue ocean waters. A symbolic reminder of our unique place as an island state, and perhaps the most famous art mosaic in Hawaii, it sits as centerpiece to the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda. Made of 6 million tiles imported from Italy, it is best viewed from the balcony of an upper floor. In oceanic shades of blue and green, the design evokes the movement of dappled light and underwater formations.

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