Sales of this print benefit the Kogei-Kyoto Exhibition, on view at SA+C.
The Japan Society of Boston commissioned this image from Artist Jeffrey H. Hayes to celebrate sixty years of friendship between Boston and Kyoto as Sister-Cities and recognizing their citizens for nurturing that relationship.
Print Information and Symbolism:
• Number one of the edition was presented to Mayor Kadokawa of Kyoto on April 26, 2019
• Printed on 100% cotton paper made in Massachusetts by the Crane & Co., that also supplies the paper used in U.S. currency.
• Printed by DWRI Letterpress, Providence Rhode Island.
• Each print is signed and numbered.
• The Gas Lamp and Stone Lantern are likenesses of gifts exchanged between Boston and Kyoto, each now standing at one another’s Sister City Halls.
• The Japanese Gate, traditionally found throughout Japan, references the one that belongs to Kozuru Family, who introduced the artist to Japan.
• The neo-classical arch references Rowes Wharf, welcoming visitors arriving at Boston Harbor and on the Greenway.
• The White Pine tree can be found in both Boston and Kyoto and the path is for our journey taken on together.
• The Japan Society logo is stamped in red metallic foil on each print.
• The use of red is for for “Kanreki,” meaning a new beginning, used in Japan for 60th anniversaries.