It’s time again to show you upcycle design that’s made from one of my favorite objects, skateboards. There have been some pretty nice design pieces made from discarded or broken boards. To name a few: guitar, sunglasses, tiles and of course a lamp.
But what’s missing is sculptures. And that’s why I want to show you incredible work created by an artist named Haroshi.
Skateboards sculpted with hidden object
Haroshi, is a self-taught Japanese artist, currently based in Tokyo. He’s a wood sculptor and a passionate skater. He uses broken or discarded skateboard decks ands upcycles them into full-scale, three-dimensional, wooden sculptures. The style varies from mosaic to pixels.
When he selects perfect elements from old boards, he knows exactly what he wants because of his passion for skateboarding and his knowledge of board material. After stacking layers and connecting all pieces in a certain form he shaves and polishes them into the final sculpture.
Maybe as a coincidence, his creative style is similar to the way traditional wooden Japanese Great Buddhas are built. 90% of Buddha statues in Japan are carved from wood, and built using the method of wooden mosaic. This is done to save expense of materials, and also to minimize the weight of the statue.
A fun artistic aspect of Haroshi’s work is that each sculpture has an object hidden inside. A metal skateboard piece is placed during construction in the centre of the final sculpture, making every piece more unique. To Haroshi, to set this kind of metal part inside his art piece means to “give soul” to the statue.
Photos © Haroshi
According to his site: ‘His art pieces are equal to his skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They’re his communication tool with both himself, and the outside world.’