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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Yoshitomo Saito

#59: Yoshitomo Saito

Tokyo-born Yoshitomo Saito came to the States as a glass-blower in 1983, before moving on to work in bronze sculpture as a graduate student at the California College of the Arts. After leaving his mark in the Bay Area, where he is still a member of the artists stable at San Francisco's Haines Gallery, in 2006 he migrated to Colorado, where he casts beautiful, nature-inspired works in his foundry space at Ironton Studios. A world-class sculptor, Saito is not only a Denver treasure, but one with a sense of humor. Learn more from his 100CC questionnaire.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrew Hoffman

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Yoshitomo Saito: The idea of collaboration attracts me the least, really. The closest thing I would do might be to invite Django Reinhardt to my studio to let him play his music at his will while I'm sculpting. His smoke may get in my eyes, however, his music will be nutrition to my artistic stomach. And why not hire William Shakespeare to let him write my upcoming press releases? So the ladies and gentlemen at the fancy rose-garden museums would consider me as a cultured artist with some kind of social value.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Those theoretical physicists who are trying to describe the state of the entire universe with a single mathematical expression. People like John Schwarz, Michael Green, Edward Witten and Joseph Polchinski may be getting close to it. I would nod to the expression, which will be composed with many intricate symbols and mathematical syntaxes or syntheses, 'cause I consider it as the ultimate conceptual art in abstract outlook. I sincerely wish them luck.

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