Giant Pen & Ink Drawing Done in 10 Hours each Day for 3.5 Years

It’s nothing ordinary if Japanese are so tough and the nation is thought to be as much stronger than its buildings. Only almost six years after the country was struck by Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami in 2011, Japan can completely rebuild itself. And for that, Manabu Ikeda, a pen & ink artist,  just recently finished massive drawing called Rebirth featuring new art form which has to go through a similar process as Japanese endeavor to rebuild the country.

Actually such disaster was one of the most devastating environmental events of our time, with its overall impact rippling across the globe for years to come. But just as mentioned in Newton’s third law, every time there is an action, there will be an equal and opposite reaction.

Starting in July of 2013, Ikeda toiled away on the 13 x 10 foot piece for 10 hours a day inside a basement studio at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin. He finished work just last week.

Rebirth tries to showcase a tree rising from the debris of the tsunami at its core as enormous waves crash nearby. However, a closer inspection shows that thousands of small details, the individual stories of anonymous animals, people and plants. And as they fight for survival and try to return their world to a semblance of order.