Skip to content



(Japan, Australia 1948 – 1999)

Garden of Desire V
Media category
Materials used
Mexican onyx with bronze and water

installation dimensions variable:

a-h - Eight plinths; 95 cm; Diametre of each bronze water vesel.

i-p - Eight bronze water vessels; 13.5 cm

i-p - Eight bronze water vessels; 27.9 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1998
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The water-filled bowls suggest the tranquility of a Japanese garden; the colours of the onyx pillars suggest the red earth and grey-green eucalypts of Australia. 'Garden of Desire V' was conceived and created in the marble mountains of Carrara in Italy where Japanese/Australian artist Akio Makigawa worked from time to time.

Born and brought up in Japan, Makigawa came to Australia in the 1970s. He studied art at Curtin University in Perth and at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. While his craft was learned in Australia, his work retains an essential association with Shinto spirituality, and nowhere is it more evident than in this sculpture.

Bibliography (11)

Prue Allen, Look, 'Message from the President of the Art Gallery Society', pg.6, South Yarra, Oct 1999, 6.

Anthony Bond, Transit, Sydney, Aug 1998. no pagination/ catalogue numbers

Edmund Capon, Look, 'Welcome to the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg.11-12, South Yarra, Apr 2000, 12 (colour illus.).

Benjamin Genocchio, The Australian, 'Regional diversity defies curatorial premise', pg.17, Sydney, 04 Sep 1998, 17.

Paul McGillick., The Australian financial review, 'Beautiful collision', Sydney, 24 May 1998.

Gene Sherman, Akio Makigawa: The garden of desire, Sydney, 1996. Press release

Sebastian Smee, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Bond gets you rooms with views', pg.15, Sydney, 01 Sep 1998, 15.

Jane Somerville, Look, 'Looking back: celebrating 20 years of words and images for Society members', pg.10-11, Newtown, Oct 2005, 10 (colour illus.). illustration is a detail

Judith White (Editor), Look, 'Society Acquisitions: A year of gifts to the Gallery', pg.16, South Yarra, Dec 1999-Jan 2000, 16 (colour illus.).

Judith Wright, Look, 'A bridge to Asia', pg.14, South Yarra, Mar 1999, 14 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, 'Director's Introduction', pg. 5-7, Sydney, 1999, 6, 7 (colour illus.), 21.

Exhibition history (2)

Akio Makigawa: The Garden of Desire, Chifley Plaza, Sydney, 15 May 1996–01 Jun 1996

Transit, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Aug 1998–13 Sep 1998