Australian In-Situ Wild Rice Conservation Project 2016

1 September 2016

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: Mr Takamitsu Tanabe

Project Description

The objective of the project is to complete Mitsuaki Tanabe's 82 metre long wild rice carving to appeal the importance of in-situ wild rice and also complete the spider carving, which Mitsuaki Tanabe made a rough sketch on the granite during his last visit, by two stone sculptors (Jun Yamazoe and Kazuhisa Aketa) and a curator of the Hiyoshinomori Garden Museum.  Mitsuaki Tanabe, learned that wild rice is disappearing rapidly in Southeast Asia due to hybridisation with commercial varieties. Wild rice grown in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland is, therefore, an important genetic resource for the world, but the importance of in-situ wild rice is not fully understood as only "seeds" are preserved in gene banks. Mitsuaki Tanabe visited the Mount Bundey area in Northern Territory ten times from 2004 to 2013 to produce the carvings of wild rice, animals and plants on boulders to appeal to the importance of in-situ wild rice, but passed away in March 2015 before finishing his last work. Information on Tanabe's work and his association with Australia will be displayed at the Hiyoshuinomori Garden Museum in Yokohama.

Key dates:

  • Exhibition in the Hiyoshinomori garden museum, Yokohama Japan, 29 April 2017 to 29 October 2017

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000.00

Total project value: $38,600.00

Last Updated: 16 August 2016
82 metre long sculpture by Misuaki Tanabe located in the wilderness of the Northern Territories of Australia. Credit: Mitsubishi Tanabe