Installation view at “Shadows Cast Shadows -Domain of Art 20” (2018), Plaza North, Saitama, Japan

Coccyx’s Identity Crisis no.7 (2017)

Coccyx’s Identity Crisis no.24 (2017)

Coccyx’s Identity Crisis no.6 (2017)

Detail of Coccyx’s Identity Crisis no.6 (2017)

Installation view at “Shadows Cast Shadows -Domain of Art 20” (2018), Plaza North, Saitama, Japan

Coccyx’s Identity Crisis

Ink on pasteboard, polyurethane, PVC, light box, shelf

Anzai invented a set of everyday purposes for a human bone which does not seem to have a clear function. He created reproductions of a coccyx and packaged them as if they were commodities found in a supermarket.

According to the theory of evolution, it is often said that the coccyx is a remnant of a vestigial tail and therefore, has become useless in the process of evolution. On the other hand, those who deny the evolution theory claim that the function of a coccyx is yet to be discovered. In fact, the discussion of the functions of some human body parts remains controversial; for example, in the past, a spleen was considered a vestigial organ, and a function of a vermiform appendix, a well-known vestigial organ, evolved from its original function seen in herbivorous animals to serve a function more suitable for human beings. In the same way, the meaning of the coccyx’s form is yet to be defined.

The coccyx could be conceived as a pure abstract sculpture in terms of its relationship between form and purpose. Although even so-called masterpieces of abstract sculpture are inevitably affected by a certain degree of human intentions since they are essentially human creations, the coccyx remains devoid of clear meaning or purpose despite being part of a coherent system of human skeleton. Therefore, there is no doubt that the form of the coccyx, which seemingly has no obvious function, was designed by some higher power beyond humans, whether one believes in God or not. We are all genetically programmed to carry the abstract form of the coccyx at the bottom of the spine.