These recycled skateboard sculptures by Haroshi have been out for a while and I previously wrote an article about them else where. However I felt they should be included here as they really caught my attention first time around and provoke and serious case of ‘want’ when you see them.
I’d heard very little about Haroshi and his work last year and this still remains the case. All I know is he’s a talented artist and a skater from Tokyo, Japan.
Extracts taken from haroshi.com: “Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.“
“In order to make a sculpture out of a thin skateboard deck, one must stack many layers. But skate decks are already processed products, and not flat like a piece of wood freshly cut out from a tree. Moreover, skateboards may seem like they’re all in the same shape, but actually, their structure varies according to the factory, brand, and popular skaters’ signature models. With his experience and almost crazy knowledge of skateboards, Haroshi is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks, which deck fits with which when stacked. After the decks are chosen and stacked, they are cut, shaven, and polished with his favorite tools.”
Ok, less talk and more visuals, enjoy: