Kazumi Tanaka (b. 1962, Osaka, Japan) lives and works in Beacon, New York, United States. Sunflower – Himawari is a 16 foot-tall bronze sunflower rendered with a grayscale patina and a black horsehair center. The work is inspired by two elements of a moment in the artist’s life when she moved to NYC: two sunflower andirons designed by Thomas Jeckyll that she was restoring while reading Oliver Sacks’ book The Case of the Colorblind Painter.
Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons, Jennifer Allan Soros, Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Doug Oliver, Mario J. Palumbo, Jr., Susan Scherr, Susan Viniar, and Anonymous.