hideki tokushige honebana bone flower black and white

Hideki Tokushige’s Honebana, or Bone Art

Honebana is actually translated to “bone flower” and it is the name Tokyo sculptor Hideki Tokushige has given to his artistic endeavor.  Mr. Tokushige makes intricate sculptures of flowers that most people would agree are beautiful…except, maybe, those people who don’t like their artwork made out of the bones of mice.  Now, before you jump to the conclusion that this is just odd for its own sake, consider that Mr. Tokushige’s work takes quite a bit of time and is considered, his artist’s statements compelling, and the deeper meaning of what he is getting at is as clear as any great piece of art.  I can think of very little that would help me to contemplate my own mortality than artwork made with bones, yet looking through these pictures I was looking at the beauty of the flowers much more than noticing the ridges of bones.   And then again, the “art” ends up being photographs of the pieces since the full work finds Mr. Tokushige creates the piece, photographing it as it is (much like Cara Barer does with her book-art), and then he smashes the sculpture and ritualistically buries the bones in the ground thus completing the work’s meditation on ephemerality.  Have a look at some of these pictures for yourself.

hideki tokushige honebana bone flower black and white

hideki tokushige honebana bone flower black and white

honebana1hideki tokushige honebana bone flower black and white

hideki tokushige honebana bone flower black and white

hideki tokushige honebana bone flower black and white

 

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