Skateboard Sculptures with a Soul by Haroshi

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Japanese artist Haroshi uses recycled skateboards to create three-dimensional sculptures. He cuts, shaves, stacks, manipulates, and then polishes the multicolored layered ply wood skateboard decks to form each art piece. Haroshi is a skater and has a long history with skateboarding and skate culture. Making art out of broken decks has been a natural progression for his work. Along with crafting these beautiful forms out of challenging materials, he hides a broken metal skateboard part inside each piece to give his art a “soul.” His technique echoes an ancient Japanese tradition of giving a wooden statue of Buddha a soul by placing a crystal inside where the Buddha’s heart would be.











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