Artist's life-like insect sculptures are made with bamboo

Noriyuki Saitoh
© Noriyuki Saitoh

For the most part, insects don't always get the recognition they deserve: they aren't merely pests, but actually play a huge role in pollination and may someday be an alternative source of protein and other nutrients for large numbers of people. The list of insectoid hidden talents could go on.

In the meanwhile, we'll have to leave it to artists like Japan's Noriyuki Saitoh to help us appreciate the finer details of insects, as seen over at Lustik.

Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh

Saitoh, who sculpts full-sized, life-like insects with bamboo, seems to be most interested in capturing the essential details of how a wing or antennae looks, just so, to give that impression of quiet insect drama. Saitoh explains his minimalist approach:

Since we are not preparing specimens and replicas, we strictly measure the [overall] dimensions and prioritize the appearance, impressions, features, and senses rather than proportions being created exactly…reality as a work is born if you thin out the elements and leave room to imagine.

Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh

It's quite remarkable; usually we hear how great of a material bamboo is for building structures: bamboo is the "green steel" that is easy to shape into flexible, innovative forms, and quickly renews itself.

Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh
Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh

There is a modern bamboo renaissance afoot, and here, Saitoh concentrates on the small scale, creating pieces that at first glance, looks quite real.

Noriyuki Saitoh© Noriyuki Saitoh

Bugs aren't most people's favourite thing to pick up and look at closely, but a bamboo specimen may be one way to get around that somewhat irrational idea of 'ickiness' about insects. This is some impressive craftsmanship here, adding yet another example to the list of amazing things that can be made out of this naturally versatile material. To see more, visit Noriyuki Saitoh.

Tags: Artists | Arts | Bamboo | Japan

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