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Sculptors carve out space for their art in Japan

A tour of Tokyo highlights how big public works have -- finally -- become a vital part of the urban landscape

Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri admire Thomson’s marble Aphrodite in Akasaka, Tokyo. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The names of Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri may be unfamiliar to most Tokyoites. But their work, increasingly, is not. The husband-and-wife team are among a growing body of artists bringing sculpture to the streets and public spaces of Japan’s capital.

In a recent commission, they have each produced a piece for Park Court Akasaka Hinokicho The Tower, a residential skyscraper in the upmarket Akasaka district.

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