In the RiverCenter
Junichi Arai designed and fabricated the components of Reflection in Japan, then came to the RiverCenter and installed the work in 2001. During prior visits to Columbus, Arai had spent considerable time on the RiverWalk where he found inspiration for the art he was commissioned by a group of Columbus citizens to produce.
The flow of the Chattahoochee suggests the great sweeping strands of fabric whose gentle curves and visual softness belie the stainless steel of which the artist created them. The multi-colored titanium plates of various shapes that hang among the strands seem to reflect the integration of the river when both the industrial and human sides of the life of the city.
One can see in Reflection that innovation tempered with traditional forms the connective tissue of Arai’s fabrics and designs, merging traditional and nontraditional simplicity. The singular designs and textures that characterize his art and evident in the 40’ x 50’ work of public art.