The prize was designed to find a ‘sophisticated and engaging’ sculpture for the Grange Gardens property development, which aims to ‘provide a tranquil oasis within the Bermondsey area of London’, according to organisers.
Tsuji says, ‘I feel personally attached to this project as it attempts to incorporate aesthetics that I have grown up with myself. I have always been mystified by the attraction that Zen has towards people and it is an honour to help get the same result at Grange Gardens.’
The judging panel for the prize included the London-based artist and Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare, architect Michael Lynas, Greene and Co managing director David Pollock, and Union Developments chief executive Assaf Laznik.
Shonibare adds, ‘The water ripples sculptures exude meditative calm in the way that they are integrated into the garden design.’
The award includes prize money of £5000 and up to £35 000 for materials to create the proposal, which it is hoped will be complete in summer 2012.