These sculptures are part of a 2013 Temporary Exhibit: "Legends, Myths and Truths" by artist Jun Kaneko, known for pioneering the field of monumental ceramic sculpture. Throughout his artistic practice, Kaneko has played with scale and proportion. His use of form and application of patterns, such as polka dots and checks, allow viewers to become more aware of their own surroundings via their relation to the artwork. Hybrid extensions of the artist's Eastern & Western identities, his works balance elements of both his American and Japanese aesthetics. His figures, as well as the meditative and reflective qualities of his pieces, are rooted in Japanese culture and mythology, but the monumental public scale of his works, descends from the modern American tradition.The works resulting from this transcultural heritage create a unique artistic statementthat functions as a universal language for all viewing audiences.