©Liku M. Takahashi
The Cosmos with Nine Dragons
2010 / Maris ( sand, acrylic paint, zinc plate) / 138.4×130.5(cm)
A comment from Masaki Takemiya (Go player, 9 dan, Nihon Ki-in)
First of all, I was overwhelmed with its massive existence.
I believe artworks must touch our souls at first glance.
The same thing can be said for the world of Go.
Although the ability to "read ahead" is often emphasized in Go, we rely on our intuition first and then start to read and analyze the movements.
That is, sensibility is essential in Go as well. I think the amazing cosmos is captured in this artwork.
I mean, the idea of transforming the Go movements by Shusaku (Hon-inbo) through nine dragons strikes me as brilliant. It has a magnificent scale and mysterious beauty.
I am thrilled to imagine that artworks like this will become a bridge between Go and people who are not yet familiar with the world and will bring them much closer than before.
This probably is the first attempt ever in the long history of Go to introduce the world of Go through artworks. It is definitely a wonderful project.