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    Harmonic Motion

    by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam


One day I was exhibiting a 3-dimensional open-work textile sculpture I had created in collaboration with a friend. Some children came to the gallery and climbed into it. Suddenly the piece came to life. … I realized I wanted just such a connection between my work and people alive at this moment in time (not a hundred years from now).

–Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Japanese, born 1940

Charles Richard MacAdam

Canadian, born 1952

Harmonic Motion

Hand-crocheted nylon, 2013

Made entirely by hand, this crocheted textile sculpture doubles as an artistic playground. In fact Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam—who have collaborated on such larger-than-life textile installations for more than 25 years— designed and made Harmonic Motion with the concept that it is only complete once the public interacts with it.


Originally commissioned for Enel Contemporanea 2013 in the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma in Italy, Harmonic Motion touches on the theme of how the human body interacts with space and materials.