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長谷川 琢士(はせがわ たくお) 1983年、静岡県生まれ。
19歳の時、アフガニスタンへ行く。その後、ヨーロッパ、南米、アフリカ、アジア、中近東、日本国内などを1人で旅して歩く。独学でアートを学び、大工や解体、木賃宿などをしながら旅を続ける。
旅をする中で、多様な文化、多様な価値観が、混沌としながらも対立せず、共存、調和する東洋的な世界の見方に現代的な可能性を見つける。特に、仏教、禅に惹かれ、仏師の元に弟子入り修行し、仏像彫刻、仏教美術を学ぶ。
その後、鈴木大拙の思想、哲学に共鳴していることや、大乗寺など参禅できるお寺があることから、金沢へ移住。大乗寺への参禅を続け、坐禅を通して、自己と仏教理解を深める生活を送る。また、森林業の仕事に関わり、山や森や木、水や土や風との関係に目を向け、自然への理解を深めながら、作品を制作する。
現在も、様々な国や土地への旅を続け、世界のそれぞれ異なる風土で生まれ育った、異なる文化、考え方、生き物達が共存し、調和する、真に多様で自由な世界のあり方を模索し、ものの中、自分の中にある、本当に自然で自由なものを体現、表現すべく、仏像彫刻、現代彫刻、インスタレーション、ライブ彫刻、古仏修復などの制作を続ける。

Takuo Hasegawa
B.1983 – Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.
At the age of nineteen, Takuo Hasegawa left his native Japan to visit to Afghanistan. On his return, whilst working as a carpenter and running a backpackers hostel, he continued a solitary journey extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, as well as his home country –all of which helped him to develop his own concept and style of art.
During his extensive travels, he began to see that Oriental philosophy, which offers unity and harmony, could be of great value to often antagonistic and chaotically disparate cultures and value systems across the globe. In particular, he was drawn to Zen Buddhism, and he began his apprenticeship in Buddhist sculpture and art.
Subsequently, his interest in D.T. Suzuki’s philosophy, and the presence of Daijo-ji temple, led him to Kanazawa where he currently resides. He attends the zazen (meditation) session at Daijo-ji, through which he endeavours to gain further insight into himself and into Zen Buddhism.
His artwork is based on his understanding of nature, and through his forestry work he explores the dynamic relationships between mountains and trees, and between water, earth and wind.
He continues to travel to this day, drawing inspiration from various cultures, ideas and all living things, which are borne out of specific climates that are unique to each locality. Through his artwork, he endeavours to realise and express true diversity, harmony and the limitlessness of the world in which we live. His mission is to represent the innate freedom which all things share in common in physical forms of modern sculpture, installation art, live sculpting and Buddhist sculpture.

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