10th Art Division Encouragement Prize
Sagrada Familia Project
Still image [Japan]
Reason for Award
Mr. HAYASHI has won several minor prizes over the last few years, but this year his work has been finally awarded the Encouragement Prize. Although still a junior high school student, his huge and detailed wall painting betrays no hesitation in execution and a degree of perfection in completion. His interpretation of Gaudí’s unfinished work, Sagrada Familia, is also excellent. He says that he was inspired by a television program, but I recommend that he actually travel to Barcelona. Twenty years ago, I heard that it would be completed in one hundred years, but someone who visited the site recently also said the same thing. Perhaps nobody is really counting down; it is a building of mystery.