How would you feel if you find some food look like real but actually made of wood when you are quite hungry. That is pretty much how I feel when I saw Seiji Kawasaki’s wooden food. The Japanese wood carving artist creates some ultra-realistic looking food made out of wood, such as shrimp, fish, potato chips, croissants, toast and chocolate. Of course, only carving can’t make food sculpture look like below. The other reason of why those wooden food are so realistic is because of Kawasaki’s painting skill. He took quite time to paint his wood work with such details and make them looks like real food.
With respect for natural detail, New York based artist Alison Moritsugu captures the essence of Mother Nature in her log paintings. In this project, Moritsugu used trees as both the subject and the canvas. With those log painting, Moritsugu allows viewers to see what America was like when settlers first arrived and additionally depicts the destructive effects of industrialization. As Moritsugu said, “I like the juxtaposition and tension created by having an image of nature on a section or sample of real nature.”
The fantasy or figurative coffins from Ghana, in Europe also called custom, fantastic, or proverbial coffins, are functional coffins made by specialized carpenters in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. The reason that mainly the southern Ghana-based Ga people use such elaborate coffins for their funerals is explained by their religious beliefs regarding the afterlife. They believe that death is not the end and that life continues in the next world in the same way it did on earth.
Hungarian architecture studio Hello Wood has created an 11-meter-high Christmas tree for a square in central Budapest from 5000 pieces of firewood (around 15,000 kilograms) for the Budapest community. It is said, “on the Twelfth Night after Christmas, the tree will be dismantled, and the firewood will be donated to charity.”. At the top, the wood lengths get longer and protrude out further to form a pinnacle crowned with a metal star. A scattering of the circular sections are painted white to reference the ornaments from traditional fir Christmas trees. And at night, the tree will be illuminated using special lighting effects making it glittering in the dark.