Following photographic-rich article features circus sideshow gaffs/super-realism sculptures created by Takeshi Yamada on display at a fine art sculpture exhibition at the St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. This is one of the ongoing community outreach programs of Takeshi Yamada’s Museum of World Wonders to introduce the art of the 16th century Cabinet of Curiosities and the art of the modern American circus sideshows to the wider audience at academic communities.  This manuscript was produced by Dr. Eriko N. Bond, noted art critic and book author in New York City, as told by Yamada.


Takeshi Yamada’s

Sideshow at

St. Joseph’s College


“Brooklynature, in the Garden: Nature’s Lasting Impression, Our Environmental Footprint”

A Juried Fine Art Exhibition of Environmental Sculpture

St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY

May 6 – June 15, 2007


Yamada with Sea Rabbit by his “Scholar’s Stones: Kuro Gohon”.

(Photograph by Dr. Eriko N. Bond)




Since 1916, St. Joseph’s College has been serving academic educational curricula and cultural programs on two campuses in two communities - Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island. In 1975, St. Joseph's established the School of Professional and Graduate Studies to meet the needs of adults with highly diversified professional and personal backgrounds. Offering day, evening and weekend classes at locations throughout the five boroughs and Long Island, this school is designed for individuals who have been working in specific fields and now wish to further their education. There are currently 5,000 students and over 400 faculty members.


(left) event brochure          (right) event banner


This first annual outdoor sculpture art exhibition held at the Bloodgood Garden of the St, Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York was curated by Stacey Temple, the college community outreach program supervisor. The award judge was Kate Chura. This art exhibition’s opening reception was one of the major community events, entitled “The Society for Clinton Hill: 30th Anniversary House Tour”.


Show Announcement Card




May 6, 2007: Music Reception, 2 pm

Live and elegant classical music pieces were played by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Woodwind Trio.



May 6, 2007: Art Reception, 3 - 5pm

Over 600 people attended the opening reception of this unique outdoor art exhibition at Bloodgood Garden of the St. Joseph’s College.


A colorful large show banner welcomed people at the show entrance.



Entrance views of the Bloodgood Garden of the college for the sculpture art exhibition



“The Tangible Effects of High Design Upon the Lives We All Live” and “Puddle” by David Melrose.


“Sol Space II/ Reflections” by Robin Glassman


Yamada exhibited two artworks. One is entitled Scholar’s Stones: Kuro Gohon”. This artwork of “objective art” (a term used by Leonardo da Vinci) by Yamada simulates the solar energy converter commonly used in the North American Union in the 22nd century. This is one of the series of artworks simulating our future life based on Yamada’s remote viewings. In reality, Yamada has used these ecologically safe, environmentally friendly and economical non-electric hot water makers at his home for many years.


“Scholar’s Stones” by Takeshi Yamada on display with its descriptions (left)

and instructions for its audience (front)


The audience is encouraged to touch this artwork to fully experience the artistic expression of the artist. (Needless to say, artworks are not usually allowed to be touched at any art exhibitions.) This is another uniqueness of Yamada’s artwork here.


Here is the description of Yamada’s “Scholar’s Stones”.

Scholar’s Stones


The scholar’s stone/rock (Gongshi or "rare stone" in China; Suikeki or "water-stone" in Japan) is a nature-made silicon-based “artwork” commonly displayed on a stand called dai/daiza (custom-made wooden pedestal) or "suiban" (shallow trays filled with sand, fine gravel or water). The appreciation and ritual of stone art (with little or no intervention by humans) began in China over 1,000 years ago.  In this art form, a stone becomes an artwork when it has been found and perceived with the artistic inspiration of an individual. This ancient China’s art concept was simply “expanded” by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968, French) and introduced to Western art history, and was named “ready-made art”. In America, art movements called "neo-dada" and "pop art" further expanded the idea and applications into the consumer culture and commodities. The conceptual art and simulationism art ("neo geo art") refined its presentations in recent decades.

With my investigation into the rising temperature of the planet Mars and other planets in our solar system (including the planet Earth) which became an issue in the early 21st century (not the one called “Global Ice Age Crises” being trumpeted by fanatics in the United States in the 1970s), my recent series of artworks was born. Specifically speaking, my objet d'art (art object) simulates the non-electric life-enhancing devices widely used in the North American Union in the early 22nd century. I have been using my home-made “Objective Art” (term used by Leonardo da Vinci) such as non-electric air conditioner, non-electric refrigerator, and non-electric hot water maker, etc. for decades. These are ecologically sound, environmentally safe and nature-friendly “functional” artworks. I consider the human environment built around them as “Monuments” (a term used by General Motors) to be more energy-efficient and bio-organic to follow the laws of nature to live more harmoniously with nature and its environment. My site-specific, interactive bio-organic ecological and environmental artwork entitled “Suiseki: Kuro Gohon” (scholar’s stone: black five units) is the embodiment of my life style and things to come to our world and people.

It is my hope that my artworks are the vehicles to please the eyes, uplift the spirit, stir the imagination and express conviction. I want to lead my audience to enjoy this world more with me and my artworks. It is my desire to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of the global nature of the world, its people and the bonds that mutually bind them. It is my sincere wish that my creativity and its products contribute to the advancement of the glorious culture based on the sanctity of life and true humanism.

Takeshi Yamada


Another artwork of Yamada was entitled “Vampire Monkey”. This artwork simulates the hard-edge conceptual art of 1980’s and simulationism (neo-geo) art of 1990’s in the style of circus sideshow.



Yamada with Sea Rabbit pose by his “Vampire Monkey”. (photograph by Eriko N. Bond)


Vampire Monkey featured in the data sheet on display


Here is the description of Yamada’s “Chinese Vampire Monkey.

Chinese Vampire Monkey


Other Common Name(s): Vampire Monkey

Latin Name: Demosndulus rotundidus

Description of the specimen: The Chinese Vampire Moneys are an extremely unique and rare species of monkeys that feed on blood. There are only three known vampire monkey species in the world that feed on blood: The Common Vampire Monkey (Demosndulus rotundidus), the Hairy-tailed Vampire Monkey (Dilphyllas equicaudata), and the Long-tailed Vampire Monkey  (Demoniaemus youngidus). All three species are native to China. Although their natural habitats are quite far away from humans, contrary to popular belief, these bats bite people quite often because they apparently favor human blood. They are highly intelligent, use simple tools and vocal communications, and have complex social structures like other monkeys. They are also carnivores. In their natural habitat they are at the top of the food chain. The fact that the three known species of vampire monkeys all seem more similar to one another than to any other species suggests that sanguivory (feeding on blood) only evolved once, and that all three species share a common ancestor.

All the vampire monkeys produce hard nests hanging from trees made of sands, twigs and their saliva unlike any other known monkey species. The vampire monkeys are also known for their building nests in large and complex colonies on trees.

Another unique fact is that the faces of these vampire monkeys somewhat resemble to that of the vampire bat. The vampire monkey has a short, conical muzzle without a nose leaf; instead they have naked pads with U-shaped grooves at the tip. The common vampire monkey also has specialized infrared sensors on its nose. A nucleus has been found in the brain of vampire monkeys that has a similar position and has similar histology to the infrared nucleus of infrared sensitive snakes. They have small ears and a medium to long tail. The vampire monkey feeds mostly on the blood of mammals and birds. Their front teeth are razor sharp and specialized for cutting like a piranha in the Amazon. Their digestive systems are also specialized for their mainly liquid diet. The saliva of vampire monkeys contains a substance, draculin, which prevents the victim's blood from clotting. When it acts alone, this creature tends to lap blood rather than suck it as most people imagine. Nevertheless, as a group, they coordinate hunting efforts vocally and attack the prey systematically. The Wildlife Fact Files also tell of an account of a group of vampire monkeys attacking the largest rodent in the world, a Chinese capybara which weighed more than 160 pounds. They need blood at least once a week to survive. If they can't get blood, they'll approach another vampire monkey whilst roosting, asking for a blood 'transfusion'. The blood is exchanged mouth-to-mouth in a motion that looks very much like kissing. Vampire monkeys can live up to 22 years in the wild and up to 38 in captivity.


Yamada’s artwork was physically attached to the tree on the display site to produce the most effective visual presentation for unsuspecting viewers. In addition, its detailed description with photographs was displayed strategically by the artwork to produce specific physical responses of the unsuspected audience. With the believable superrealism “nest” and “description” on display created by the artist, audiences are compelled to look for the “missing” Vampire Monkeys around the sculpture. The description displayed by the sculpture features the common name, Latin name, color photographs, and detailed descriptions of the biology of this fictional animal by the artist.



June 13, 2007: Closing Reception & Award Ceremony

On June 13, 2003, closing reception and award ceremony was held during 5:30 – 8pm. It was an unusually chilly dark day (69-57F in zip code area 11205) and even a light short rain fell during the reception. After the official commemorative photograph session, award ceremony was held. Takeshi Yamada won second place for his artwork. 



Yamada’s “Scolar’s Stones, Kuro Gohon” won the second place


Sea Rabbit quietly sits on one of the reception tables.

(photograph by Dr. Eriko N. Bond)



For more information about the Brooklynature art exhibition, see following website.




All rights reserved by Takeshi Yamada, June 2007.

Museum of World Wonders in Coney Island.  E-mail:

Special thanks to Dr. Eriko N. Bond, Lauren D. Travis, Maremi Kakushina, Abraham Morris.


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