Gorgeous Phoenix Statues Showcased at Daimaru Shinsaibashi Grand Opening

Two phoenix sculptures showcased at the grand opening of Daimaru Main Building

I visited Daimaru Main Building grand opening on September 20, 2019. On the first floor, there were two impressive large Phoenixes statues. Those statues were designed by Kohei Nawa. In this blog post, I want to share more information and photos of those magnificent golden and platinum phoenix statues.

Two golden and platinum phoenix statues at Daimaru shopping center
Two stunning golden and platinum phoenix statues at Daimaru shopping center

Magnificent Phoenix Statues

I was blown away by the beauty of those two phoenixes. This was the grand opening of the Daimaru Main Building at Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan. It’s a large 10-floor department store. The main building was renovated and was planned to reopen in Fall 2019. That day had come.

I was walking on the first floor and then I’ve noticed those two Pheonix statues.

According to the written description underneath the statue’s base. Those sculptures take the Hou-Ou Phoenix from East Asian tradition as its motif.

Also known as the “Hoo-oo” Phoenix. It’s a mythical Phoenix that was was embraced as a symbol of the imperial household. There are legends told about those mythical creatures. Some say they appear to mark the beginning of a new era.

Phoenix statues exhibited at Daimaru Shinsaibashi
Phoenix statues exhibited at Daimaru Shinsaibashi Main Building.

How the Sculpture Was Created?

The images of the two Phoenix sculptures were made using modern 3D modeling technology, according to the description. This explains the superfine and accurate details. After, the sculpture starts sculpting the pieces of the sculpture and apply lacquer. After that was done, the sculpture was coated using gold leaf for the golden Phoneix and Platinum leaf for the silver-looking Phoenix sculpture.

The gold Phoenix is open-mouthed, while the platinum one is closed-mouth. The sign explained that this was often seen in Japanese A-Un statue pairs.

Ho/Oh was designed by Kohei Nawa in 2019. The sculptures are made of wood, lacquer, platinum/gold leaf.

Dimensions: 216 (height) x 190 (width) x 118 (depth) cm.

The Platinum Phoenix sculpture

The description below the statue shared some more information about Kohei Nawa. From what I’ve read, Kohei Nawa is an artist/director of SANDWICH Inc. and a Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. He was born in 1975. He is currently based in Kyoto. Japan.

Beautifully Detailed Sculpture

While the sculpture looks great from far, I wanted to observe its details. The attention for details is brilliant (see the image below).

The golden Phoenix sculpture

I liked the fire-design elements, the small fine details around the eyes. As you can see, the gold Phoenix has an open mouth.

In contrast, take a look at the photos below, from a few meters away. Gorgeous isn’t it?

The gold phoenix with open wide wings at Daimaru Main Building

In fact, the gold and platinum colors, undoubtedly, fit the prestige overall look of the place. I felt like I entered a castle, not a department store—such a beauty to behold.

Here are some more photos of the two gorgeous sculptures.

To conclude, for me, this was great seeing such beautiful Japanese art in an unexpected place. Glad I could share it with you.

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