Creating Sculptures

that breathe

TOM TSUCHIYA

Renowed Sculptor | Sustainability Advocate

I create sculptures that have a sense of life. To help achieve this vitality in my work, I observe living things, especially the shapes and movements of people and animals. My observations generate ideas for my sculpture’s design. Because, nature is so varied, it enables me to create fresh compositions that help breathe life into my work.

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Portfolio

Statues

Commissioned Sculptures

Reliefs

Commissioned Plaques

Receptacles

Sustainability-Themed Sculptures

Connecting with the Environment

Just as living things interact with their environment, my sculptures do the same. Instead of a sculpture that is separate from everyday life and its physical space, my sculptures are woven into peoples’ lives and spaces. For instance, my statues representing baseball legends form the Crosley Era at Great American Ball Park, appear to be playing in an imaginary ballgame. This design helps people connect with the sculptures in an exciting way. At every game, kids and adults alike, look, play and pose with the ballplaying statues.

Photo by R.S. Tsuchiya

A New Kind of Art

Because of my interest in ecology, I’ve been immersed in creating sustainability-themed sculptures for many years. In 2010, I created a new kind of art: the receptacle sculpture. The first one was Atlas Recycled, a recycling receptacle sculpture made of recycled material which was awarded as a Top 25 Installation at 2015’s ArtPrize. Over the years, Atlas has collected hundreds of pounds of recyclables through various exhibitions.

Photo by Biola University

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Since 2016, I’ve had the honor of sculpting the portraits reliefs for the bronze plaques of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Because the plaques are the central part of the Hall of Fame experience for visitors from around the world, I aim to capture each baseball legend’s likeness and personality in fine detail.

Pete Rose Sculpture: Aviation meets Art

For Pete Rose’s sculpture at Great American Ball Park, I represented the baseball legend in his iconic, headfirst slide. To seamlessly express the slide, GE Aerospace engineers designed the cantilevered sculpture’s structure. The structure is so strong that it can carry the weight of a full-size car!

Photo by R.S. Tsuchiya

Connecting with the Environment

Just as living things interact with their environment, my sculptures do the same. Instead of a sculpture that is separate from everyday life and its physical space, my sculptures are woven into peoples’ lives and spaces. For instance, my statues representing baseball legends form the Crosley Era at Great American Ball Park, appear to be playing in an imaginary ballgame. This design helps people connect with the sculptures in an exciting way. At every game, kids and adults alike, look, play and pose with the ballplaying statues.

Photo by Biola University

A New Kind of Art

Because of my interest in ecology, I’ve been immersed in creating sustainability-themed sculptures for many years. In 2010, I created a new kind of art: the receptacle sculpture. The first one was Atlas Recycled, a recycling receptacle sculpture made of recycled material which was awarded as a Top 25 Installation at 2015’s ArtPrize. Over the years, Atlas has collected hundreds of pounds of recyclables through various exhibitions.

Photo from New York Times

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Since 2016, I’ve had the honor of sculpting the portraits reliefs for the bronze plaques of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Because the plaques are the central part of the Hall of Fame experience for visitors from around the world, I aim to capture each baseball legend’s likeness and personality in fine detail.

Exact Metrology digital model

Pete Rose Sculpture: Aviation meets Art

For Pete Rose’s sculpture at Great American Ball Park, I represented the baseball legend in his iconic, headfirst slide. To seamlessly express the slide, GE Aerospace engineers designed the cantilevered sculpture’s structure. The structure is so strong that it can carry the weight of a full-size car!