Japanese Sculptor Found the Faith by Studying Antoni Gaudí

10 02 2009


I saw Mr Sotoo on tv around a year ago on a show about Sagrada Familia so although this article is a couple of years old I thought it was interesting.

RIMINI, Italy, AUG. 23, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Fascinated by the works of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, Japanese sculptor Etsuro Sotoo discovered the Catholic faith while working in the Church of the Holy Family, in Barcelona.

On a visit to Barcelona in 1978, Sotoo was fascinated by the expiatory Church of the Holy Family, the unfinished masterpiece of Gaudí (1852-1926), and requested permission to remain in the Catalan city to work as a sculptor. Gaudí’s cause for beatification is under way.

“To understand Gaudí, it was necessary to know what he wanted to do with those sculptures, with that marvelous building, which was not just a work of art,” explained Sotoo.

“I tried to get inside him and I questioned the stones,” the Japanese sculptor said. “I wondered what Gaudí would have done in my place. It was necessary to discover what was behind this stone.”

God’s collaborator

Sotoo did not find answers to these questions until he understood that he did not have to “look at Gaudí, but in the direction in which Gaudí looked.”

article here

This site has a couple of rough video interview with Mr Sotoo in English that will play on real player.




One response

10 02 2009

Great story.

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