"Here in my foundry I feel like the old Alchemist, pouring white hot liquid metal into molds; changing matter." - Shinkichi Tajiri
In 1956, Tajiri found a soft red firebrick used in constructing ovens. He carved and engraved the bricks - sometimes up to 100 pieces - and assembled them into one large mold. The mold was then filled with molten bronze and later broken open to reveal the sculpture. The Red Brick series dated until 1965.