The Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art has selected Shibuya as the permanent site to display the mural ‘Myth of Tomorrow’. The foundation received official offers from three areas to house the work: Shibuya, Hiroshima and Suita. After studying the proposals and visiting the various sites, the selection committee carried out a strict and impartial screening, before finally arriving at its decision at a board meeting on March 18, 2008.
In making this selection, numerous factors were considered, including the significance of the site, its environment, its preparedness to receive the work, etc. Of them all, Shibuya demonstrated the best balance of conditions, and received the highest assessment overall.
All three sites that volunteered to house the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ were eminently suitable for the work, and it was an extremely difficult decision to make. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Hiroshima and Suita, whose enthusiastic bids unfortunately did not prove successful and also offer our gratitude to all the people of Nagasaki and the other places who also held campaigns to install the work.
Regarding further details, we are currently in consultation with our counterparts in Shibuya Ward. A new report will be issued as soon as details have been decided.
Image of the Installation of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’