CM: Masaaki Noda's Model for "The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn" represents the open double course of communication in the discourse between the West and the East. Born on Lefkada island of Greece to surgeon-major Charles Hearn from Ireland and Rosa Antonia Kassimati from Kythera island, and choosing to make Matsue his home and Japan his country, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) became the epitomy of a personality bridging complimentary cultures.
The hollow of a 'fiery' metallic duct, seamless through its reflective surfaces, represents the open mind that is required of the human to arrive at a state of good health, balance, harmony, love, and euphoria. Lafcadio Hearn is the supreme embodiment of the achievement of open mind. His example teaches the fact there is no higher calling than tolerating 'otherness', and no richer way of life than one spent pursuing the creative truth, no greater responsibility than holding a mirror up to society, no greater challenge or mystery than marrying our dream life to our waking life. By opening his mind Lafcadio Hearn opened his heart to humanity, and led to peace within his self and ultimately the world.
Noda's Model for "The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn" was donated to The American College of Greece as a proposal for a monumental sculpture in honor of a man the West and the East join to commemorate.
[Megakles Rogakos 01/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens