Japanese scientist/fisherman/artist Iori Tomita is the man behind this curious collection of see-through animals, which form part of his project called ‘New World Transparent Specimens’. The specimens are created using a preservation and dyeing technique usually only used for scientific purposes, such as examining the skeletal system and the underlying biological makeup. Tomita uses an enzyme to dissolve the natural proteins in the flesh. He then injects red dyes into the harder bones and blue dyes into the softer cartilage, thus highlighting usually unseen internal structures. The dead creature is then preserved in a jar of glycerin. Tomita started to create these transparent specimens as pieces of work to help people feel closer to the wonders of life and say that there are no limits to how people may interpret his work – as academic material, a piece of art, or even an entrance to philosophy. Magic!
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The fine art of Japanese painter Takato Yamamoto explores themes of darkness, bondage, vampires, metamorphosis, love and death. The perspective is always calm and serene – never depicting violence – rather, it is impending or just completed. Yamamoto was born in Akita prefecture in 1960 and after graduating from the painting department of the Tokyo Zokei University, he experimented with the Ukiyo-e Pop style. Later on he further refined and developed that style to create his ‘Heisei Esthiticism’ style. His first exhibition was held in Tokyo, in 1998.
Japanese artist Haroshi began skating in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present. Since he never liked throwing away his old crashed skateboards he decided to do something with them instead and this is the result. Amazing wooden art entirely made from old recycled skateboards. To Haroshi, his three-dimensional pieces are equal to his beloved skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They serve as his communication tool with both himself, and the outside world. Pure dedication, that is!