"In Tribute to Chiura Obata"

"In Tribute to Chiura Obata" (HM2B2G)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704 Alameda County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 51.871', W 122° 15.522'

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1885-1975 (小圃 千浦)

Always go with nature, anywhere, in any circumstance, with gratitude.

The renowned and highly respected Japanese American artist Chiura Obata was a popular member of
the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley from 1932 to 1942. He maintained his studio and gallery at 2525 Telegraph Avenue (a City of Berkeley landmark), where his wife, Haruko, taught ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, bullets were fired at the studio. It then closed in 1942 during the forced internment of Berkeley's entire Japanese Armerican community, including 450 U.C. students. Provost Deutsch and University President Sproul criticized the internment, and Berkeley residents supplied art materials to Obata's art schools at the internment camps at Tanforan, California and Topaz, Utah. By providing art education to fellow
internees the Obatas helped to instill a sense of calm in the face of hardship and injustice.

After the war ended in 1945, the Obatas returned to Berkeley where Chiura resumed teaching until 1954. His paintings and drawings, predominantly focusing on California landscapes, have been exhibited and collected by museums worldwide.
HM NumberHM2B2G
Year Placed2016
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 565204 N 4191041
Decimal Degrees37.86451667, -122.25870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 51.871', W 122° 15.522'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 51' 52.26" N, 122° 15' 31.32" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2540 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley CA 94704, US
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