Haruko Okano

Arboretum Arborescence

December 2, 2005 - January 11, 2006

Arboretum is an installation made of individually selected pine needles hung vertically creating an overwhelming sense of being in a forest. The needles are sorted according to colour: greens, grays, and browns. The colour accents the disintegration of this material, so viewers may reflect on not only the beauty of the natural world but its fragility as well. Lit from above, light filters through the mesh of the needles. Bowls of sawdust from various species of trees give the room the scent of a coniferous forest. Haruko Okano is influenced by the Japanese aesthetics and philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, as it considers nature as a whole process, including the degenerative as well as the generative phases of growth.

Haruko Okano received arts training in both Toronto and Vancouver. She has been a practicing professional artist since 1972, and has exhibited her works both nationally and internationally, including multimedia installations and assemblages. She was the recipient of the prestigious VIVA award in 2000. An advocate for artists’ rights, cultural diversity and human rights, she also creates portable murals and organizes community developed public art projects.


Arboretum Arborescence

Authors: Susan Detwiler
Purchase for $3
See all publications.


Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Closed on statutory holidays.

Current Exhibitions


By donation


Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC  V6Y 1R8
Canada Line Station: Richmond-Brighouse


Google Map

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Find us on Social Media

Richmond Art Gallery on Facebook Richmond Art Gallery on Twitter Richmond Art Gallery on YouTube Richmond Art Gallery on Instagram