Stone has been one of the main art materials for thousands of years now. In fact, ever since, well, the Stone Age humans have used stone while being creative. Sculpture is big news in the art world. You take a massive slab of hard rock and whittle it down to something. But never before has such high art been achieve with actual stones…
Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito takes stones about the size of his fist and makes something wonderful from them. Have a look for yourself!
He sources them all from his local river.
Ito graduated from the Tokyo Fine Arts University, so he’s well versed in just how to make beauty from the mundane.
His skill is quite amazing – how does he manage to make stone – such a hard and unforgiving thing – look some pliable?!
Some are quite terrifying though!
Knifes, sardine can keys… Ito really uses his imagination when he’s at work.
Ito’s takes his art very seriously…
… But he says that he mostly wants his work to provoke smiles and laughs.
We’re big fans of his work here. Especially his hot knives through butter/stone!
Although, the zipped bag stuff is cool as well.
They really don’t look like stones after Ito’s finished with them, do they?
Especially as stones don’t usually have mouths!
And even less stones are full of fluff!
That’s the kind of art we like. Weird, funny and we’ve no idea how it’s made! Brilliant stuff. How about you? Are you a fan of this stone art?