World-famous artist Keiko Nelson is one of our most renowned artists, with recent installations in Cairo and Kyoto. This years she is again exploring the theme of world peace. Keiko plans an elaborate lighted construction of doves that floats over the Japanese garden pond. The art and light piece will be made of made of 4000 chopsticks to honor Oakland’s Chinese heritage as well as her own Asian roots. Garden landscape artist Steve Capper will provide the exquisite lighting and water fountain feature of this isntallation.

Keiko was honored by the Berkeley City Council in 2014. Contributing her skills both in Berkeley and globally, Nelson painted a mural for the Cairo University Children’s Hospital in Egypt and regularly designs stage sets, costumes and outdoor installations at UC Berkeley. She was born in Kyoto, Japan, and works as a Visiting Tourism Ambassador for the city.

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