Taiichiro Yoshida’s animal sculptures are crafted using classical hot metalworking techniques and encrusted with touches of flora and fauna. His recent works continue this thread with engrossing renditions of creatures from across the globe, each carrying grace at both a distance and close inspection.
Decorative metalworking in Japan has a long history that began sometime in the fourth to fifth centuries with skills passed down through the generations. Tokyo based sculptor Taiichiro Yoshida conforms to century old traditions in his hot-metal treated sculptures of flower-encrusted animals. Snow monkeys, rabbits, cats, and birds like sparrows and doves are just a few of the animals that he represents in his work, coated with layers of intricate metal florals and feathers in various colors.