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Tatzu Nishi

Tatzu Nishi creates unconventional, site-specific public art projects around the world that remove iconic statues and landmarks from their everyday context and transforms our familiar encounters with them into a new and surprising accessible experience. Since 1997, he has notably built hotel rooms around public monuments including The Merlion Hotel (2011), a temporary hotel suite built around Singapore’s iconic Merlion fountain for the 2011 Singapore Biennial, and Discovering Columbus (2012), a Public Art Fund project that re-imagined the 13-foot tall statue in the Center of Columbus Circle in New York City into a fully furnished, modern living room. Tatzu-san works under a variety of names as part of each of his projects, including Tatzu Nishino, Tatzu Oozu, and Tatsurou Bashi. He lives and works between Berlin and Tokyo. 

Tatzu-san’s preliminary site-visit occurred on November 13–18, 2017.

Bap invited Tatzu-san to visit various landmarks and sites in Bataan to survey possible locations for a new installation. He saw statues in Balanga City including at the World War II Museum and walked around the provincial town of Bagac. Before he departed, he gave an artist talk at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City on November 18th. 

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