By Anthony Iannucci: Over one year ago, a massive 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, birthing a devastating tsunami that had swept over the cities and farmland in the north-east part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the west coast of the USA and South America. The death toll high and the long-term impact still in question, the citizens of Japan were in great need of assistance and support from the world community. That need still exists today. During the year since this event, good and compassionate people from all over the globe have helped in various ways whether it be donating independently, to massive fund-raising drives...
I personally have always had a soft spot in my heart for all thing Japanese and had the extreme pleasure and honor of being able to live and work in Yokohama in 2000. Together with good friend and renowned FX artist Nix Herrera, we organized The Hannya Mask Project to help raise money for those in need in the effected areas of Japan.
Nix created the sculpt, mold, and casts of the resin Hannya mask blanks, which were then sent to 50 artists from all over the North America. Each given the freedom to modify and create some great works of art from the original blank masks. These 50 Hannya masks were then exhibited at Orlando's Twelve21 Gallery and put up for auction online. Partnered with American Red Cross of Central Florida, when 2 rounds of the auction concluded we had raised $5,282.61 for the relief effort.
We would like to thank everyone for their support, from the artists who donated their time and talent, to the gallery and Laughing Samurai for creating the website www.hannyamaskproject.com (where the masks can still be viewed), to the many sponsors who helped promote in various ways and a special thank you to all those who bid on and purchased these works of art. It is a testament to the power or organized action and the difference it can make."
Photos by Mickey Medina
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[For more information visit: www.hannyamaskproject.com.]