Fashioning of Gakuso Ceiling Art
We received an order from a longtime client; the president of a long-established traditional restaurant in the Nishijin area of Kyoto. The request was for 35 pictures by famed Kyoto artist Gyokusei Mochizuki (1900 – 1951) to be placed on the ceiling of the newly renovated second-floor hallway. The result was the gakuso framed pictures seen here. A majority of the pictures were ripped, covered with grit, had developed defects, and had suffered damage over the years. However, we were able to apply support paper to the back of the pieces and restore each of them, placing them in groups of four on mats covered with authentic gold flakes. Since, if left as is, the works would inevitably be damaged due to air conditioning, we coated the pieces with acrylic to prevent damage, added supports to the frame, then installed them to the ceiling as seen here. We used 32 of the original pictures, and are happy to say that the client was delighted with the result.