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When the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center opens next spring, at the forefront will be an installation from local artist, Jun Kaneko.
“…my hope is to give positive energy, that relates to healing too. If you have positive energy everyday, your health condition must be in pretty good shape.”
Speaking in a video last week during a press release about his latest piece, that’s Jun Kaneko, renowned international artist and Omaha native. He’s designing a sculpture for the new cancer center at the university of Nebraska Medical Center, and spoke more about his inspirations.
“Originally, I was approached to think about what the gateway would be for UNMC and we think we found a good spot for maybe a glass tower,” Kaneko said. “So I went out and it’s a beautiful sight, and it fits perfectly. You know, nothing really exists by itself, it gets influenced by the things next to it.”
Before the unveiling, he gave live commentary about the 82-foot structure he’s calling Search.
“I spent about six days straight, every day and night, seven days a week to come up with some idea and I ended up this way”, said Kaneko. “During the design process, Dr. Jim Linder came to see the progress and he said, “this looks like a chromosome, a DNA pattern”, and I didn’t know anything about it.”
The piece is constructed of 120 hand stained glass panels that ended up looking like a DNA pattern. Standing seventy-five feet tall on top of a seven-foot base, it has a twenty-four foot circumference and will light up at night with interior LED diodes.
“He sent me a picture that same day of a chromosome pattern, and I overlaid it on top of my original design and 80% matched.”, Kaneko said. “I couldn’t tell which one was what, it was that close. So, I was happy that subconsciously, I was working with some medical issues.”
In the video, produced by UNMC, Kaneko spoke about the intersection of art and medicine.
Kaneko said, “To me, I want to give positive energy off of my piece. That healing part is a part of it, but the visual enjoyment and other things all come as one package in my approaches to just make something and just say, wow. That is where is starts, that feeling of “wow”, I think that is important for all of us.”
“Search” will be located at the corner of 45th and Dewey Avenue at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Research Center. It is expected to be completed next spring when the cancer center opens. Kaneko hopes for everyone to “feel their own opinions and energy from the piece.”
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