Toshio Sasaki

Toshio Sasaki was a sculptor born in Kyoto, Japan. He earned a BFA from Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, Nagakute, Japan. He received a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York City.

He is most known for his works in public spaces, particularly First Symphony of the Sea, a 322-foot-long wall relief embedded with multihued mosaic fish heads and terrazzo starfish at the New York Aquarium at Coney Island, and a 40-by-30-foot facade for a public library in Long Island City, Queens. The facade, with geometric shapes on cast-stone panels, is inscribed with quotations about art, literature, and science. His works have been exhibited in Washington, DC; Philadelphia; South Beach Psychiatric Center, Staten Island, New York City; and in New York City's Central Park. He was one of eight finalists in the design competition for the World Trade Center memorial.

He lived in Nagakute in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan and had a home in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

Artist Info


November 24 1946

Kyoto, Japan


March 31 2007