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PORTLAND, ORE. (Dec. 13, 2013) Back by popular demand, Hemann’s underwater jellies return to PDX

Permanent jellyfish exhibit honors those affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan

Sayuri Sasaki Hemann’s three-dimensional underwater jellyfish exhibit, Tidepools, opens at Portland International Airport on Concourse D.

Back by popular demand, Sayuri Sasaki Hemann’s three-dimensional underwater jellyfish exhibit, Tidepools, opens at Portland International Airport on Concourse D.

As a permanent addition to the art collection at PDX, Tidepools is dedicated to those affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Hemann, a Japanese-American multi-disciplinary artist, demonstrates the important connection between Japan and the Pacific Northwest – across thousands of miles of water, drifted elements from the tsunami have traveled from Japan to the Oregon coast, and other parts of the world.

“In creating this piece, I create a witness to the ever-changing currents of travelers and passengers that pass by the exhibit every day,” says Hemann. “Just as the creatures in the tide pools witness all the waves that crush into the pools and rejoin the big, big body of water.”

The exhibit mirrors Hemann’s Underwater Flight display that was showcased last year at PDX, as part of its rotating exhibits. In her work, Hemann uses transparent monofilament and hand-felted wool fibers to suspend each jellyfish from the ceiling and create an imaginary underwater world. As travelers quickly zip by to catch a flight, they are unexpectedly greeted by a sea of floating creatures.

PDX exhibits are designed to illustrate the dynamic culture of the Northwest and showcase a variety of works through ongoing relationships with regional artists and art organizations.

To learn more about Hemann and her work, visit www.sayurisworld.com or to view photos taken by passengers using the hashtag #tidepoolsflypdx.


Contact: Steve Johnson 503.415.6591



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