Artist Sasaki to Raise Tsunami Relief Funds at Weekend Design Show


Japanese artist Sasaki will hold a live performance of his Heartbeat Drawing Project this Friday through Sunday, during the 2011 Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The artist will listen to and draw audience members’ heartbeats in an effort to raise money for Architecture for Humanity’s relief and rebuilding efforts, to benefit the victims of the Japanese tsunami.

Attendees will pay a fee to become “heartbeat donors” and have Sasaki’s rendering of their heartbeats added to a massive canvas depicting the heartbeats of scores of people. Clad in a silver jumpsuit, the artist listens to a donor’s actual heartbeat, tracing the pattern in red paint with an airbrush. The result is an undulating line that mimics the rhythms of his subjects heart.

On April 2, Sasaki helped raise over $3,500 for Architecture for Humanity’s Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Fund at an event in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles-based artist began the Heartbeat Drawing Project, his signature creation, in 1995, and in the years since has continued in his depiction of perhaps the most basic, uniting elements of human existence.

Also at Dwell On Design:

Yakitate, or “freshly-baked” in Japanese, is an accurate description of the piping hot talent curated by the online design magazine designboom for this year’s Dwell on Design. Eight Japanese designers have been hand-selected by designboom for their unique blend of innovation and tradition, as well as their aesthetic connections to the modern design of California. The designers themselves will even be on-site and in-person, showcasing their craft in live demos.

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