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Step and Step

Kazuko Yamanaka

Object Place: Japan


Length x width: 406.4 x 111.8 cm (160 x 44 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

brass, copper, metallic beads, acrylic resin, crochet

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Step and Step” is a hanging, floor length, multi-layer installation piece consisting of brass, copper, metallic beads, and acrylic resin. The delicate brass wire material has been intricately crocheted at a very small scale, into long tubular forms. The also delicate copper wire has been crocheted and banded around certain points of the crocheted brass tube forms. The metallic beads are small and rectangular and are of a dark purple color with lusterous hints of dark green. The beads are strung together with the copper wire. This piece is installed hanging; there are several loops at the top of the piece, which have been crocheted with a wire material. Rods are meant to be slid into the loops to act as hanging agents for the piece.


2003, created by the artist, Kazuko Yamanaka, Kyoto, Japan; 2013, gift of Yamanaka to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Kazuko Yamanaka