|Cyberangels ascending from AT&T Building in New York|
|Artist Mel Alexenberg receiving cyberangel on Rembrandt's etching press in his studio|
|Mel Alexenberg preparing to send cyberangel on circumglobal flight from AT&T building|
|Cyberangel in Tokyo, Japan|
It was almost dawn on October 5th when the angel arrived in Tokyo in the Land of the Rising Sun where fax machines are made. Ikuro Choh of Tokyo National University of Arts and Music received the angel and revealed its full image by assembling the 28 sheets on the ground among the ancient pillars in Ueno Park. He then disassembled them and attached all the sheets end-to-end in a long ribbon ascending the stairs and entering into a centuries-old religious shrine built in traditional pagoda style. The old Tokyo site was selected to carry a spiritual message of electronic age homage to tradition. Ikuro Choh laments, “not only in Tokyo but everywhere in Japan, the traditional and the old are being destroyed at a ferocious speed, making the culture of paper, wood and bamboo evaporate like a mist, allowing the ugly demons of concrete to appear in its wake.” With the sun rising over Japan to begin a new day, the faxart angel rose over the Pacific Ocean to fly into yesterday. It arrived in the City of the Angels at 2:40 p.m. on October 4th. The angel came together once again at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on the day before it had visited Tokyo.
Text above is from Prof. Mel Alexenberg's book The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press).
See more photos of the event at http://www.melalexenberg.com/artwork.php?id-18