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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Biography

Tom Tsuchiya is a prominent Cincinnati based artist who creates public sculptures and bronze portraits. He is best known for his bronze sculptures for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, including life-size bronze sculptures of Cincinnati Reds players at Great American Ball Park. He designed bronze trophies such as the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award to honor the NFL's best offensive line. His design integrating figures of the players into the trophy's base is viewed as a departure from the traditional award design.

In addition to portrait and public sculptures, Tsuchiya created sustainable art sculptures such as the 2010 work Atlas Recycled which doubles as a recycling container for aluminum cans and plastic bottles. The seven feet tall sculpture, made mainly from reused materials including used atlases and road maps, depicts the mythical Greek Titan Atlas bearing the earth on his shoulders. To celebrate Earth Day, Atlas has been exhibited in Cincinnati's Fountain Square, New York City's Grand Central Terminal and Washington D.C.'s National Mall.

Tsuchiya also creates religious work. In 2012, he completed Lux Mundi, a 52 feet tall statue of Jesus for Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. This work replaces the statue of Jesus that was destroyed by a lightning strike in June 2010.

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