Courtesy of Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd.
More than five years passed between the first sketches of this project and its official inauguration in November 2005. Many models and proposals were presented to the client, and many locations inside the building were considered before the company committed itself to this sculpture, composed as it is of a pair of elongated monoliths.
Two huge granite stones were cut down into matchbox-shaped blocks. There followed a rough cut with a wire saw and further trimming with a giant diamond saw. Not until then could the real handwork begin, the final refined cut with compressed-air chisels and grinders, in addition to hand chisels. The entire cutting process lasted almost 15 months.
The making of Haru
Antoine Saito (maquette) and
Satoshi Saito except where otherwise stated