The Japanese maintain a very special relationship between art and nature. Each year, the prefecture of Niigata celebrates the rice harvest with the "Wara Art Matsuri", a festival in which artists build beautiful sculptures with rice straw. And for this tenth edition, the organizers have seen things in a big way.
Dozens of art school students collaborated on the project to give birth to animal sculptures made of rice straw twice as big as in previous editions. The artists pay homage here to the work of the farmers in the region with spectacular and imposing creations of Lion, from gorilla, from crocodile or from rhinoceros.
To make these sculptures, students build first a wooden bust which will serve as a foundation and a model. The skeleton is then completely covered with straw to give life to these awesome artificial animals. The straw is then collected by farmers who recycle it for use as fertilizer or fodder. An impressive work that commands respect and reminds us sand sculptures of the artist Toshihiko Hosaka.
Imagined by: Wara Art Matsuri