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Garden of desire V



Makigawa Akio

Japan, Australia

1948 - 1999


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.




Media category


Materials used

Mexican onyx with bronze and water


installation dimensions variable :

a-h - Eight plinths, 95 cm

i-p - Eight bronze water vessels, 13.5 cm

i-p - Eight bronze water vessels, 27.9 cm, Diametre of each bronze water vessel.

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1998


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Makigawa Akio

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


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

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

Edmund Capon, Look, 'Welcome to the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg.11-12, Melbourne, 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 AM, 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, Sydney, Oct 2005, 10 (colour illus.). illustration is a detail

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

Judith Wright, Look, 'A bridge to Asia', pg.14, Melbourne, 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.