These flowers seem to be made of lace or cut out of paper, but in reality it is the skeletons of dead mice and rats. Japanese artist Hideki Tokushige argues that the collection called Honebana (Bone Flower) – is his vision of life and death.
Tokushige’s flowers are created from bones of sacrificed animals, he kills nobody. When he have a material, he produces amazing and beauty flowers. Then he photographs them or send to the exhibition, and then breaks down and buries in the ground.
It all began in 2004, when Hideki Tokushige on the way home from work saw a dead raccoon in the middle of the street. Instead, he looked up, quickly get away or throw it in the trash, he took the corpse home. It was the first of a new type of material for sculptures.
“All our life ? is various barriers and restrictions”. When the sculptor only began process of boiling down bones, he allocated a separate pan for this work. Gradually he realized that distinctions between this pan and ware for cooking are imperceptible. The pan for beef or pork boiling, apparently, differs nothing from a pan where the mouse cooks.
Skeletons and skulls no longer a cause of fear or regret. They have long surround us in everyday life in a different form, but the concept of a collection of Japanese sculptor conveys his personal perception of life and death. “Living a life, a person experiences a lot of losses. From this unbearable pain, but those who have left us, continue to live in our hearts. Their bodies were returned to ground, becomes part flowers, grass and water. So the death – it’s not the end. “
And though Hideki’s works at first sight frighten, he simply wanted to show the short-lived nature of beauty, drawing attention to that everything in this world comes to the end.