Anyone that has met me will know about my passion for three things in life, art, motor sport (bikes, cars and anything with a motor and wheels) and skateboarding. To date I have been able to combine some of my favorite pass times together in one blog post. Last year I blogged about tyre sculptures by Yong Ho Ji and Wim Delvoye. Now some genius called Haroshi has created sculptures and mosaics by utilising recycled skateboards.
I have heard very little about Haroshi up until now other than he is a talented artist and a skater from Tokyo, Japan. In fact in my haste to blog about his art I haven’t been able to find out the artists first name. So we have established I’m not in the know and have never heard of the lad before. All of this said I think these are the coolest sculptures and I would seriously like to have one in my home.
Extracts taken from haroshi.com: “Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.”
“In order to make a sculpture out of a thin skateboard deck, one must stack many layers. But skate decks are already processed products, and not flat like a piece of wood freshly cut out from a tree. Moreover, skateboards may seem like they’re all in the same shape, but actually, their structure varies according to the factory, brand, and popular skaters’ signature models. With his experience and almost crazy knowledge of skateboards, Haroshi is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks, which deck fits with which when stacked. After the decks are chosen and stacked, they are cut, shaven, and polished with his favorite tools.”
Ok, less talk and more visuals, enjoy:
Here you will find an array of links to interviews, videos and more information about the artwork of Haroshi:
Haroshi Facebook Fanpage
Interview on Hypebeast
HUF – Haroshi – DLX Distribution Collaboration Microsite