Realistic Lobster Sculptures by Ryosuke Ohtake.
Ryosuke Ohtake, a young sculptor, caused quite a stir recently when he boldly took on the challenge and created an immaculate and animated lobster from wood. What stunned many was that not only was the piece carved from wood (which is considered far more difficult than using copper) but the fact that this was Ohtake’s first official jizai okimono. The lobster was part of a wooden sculpture exhibition at Tokyu Department Store in Tokyo this April.
Moving sculptures’ (known as Jizai Okimono) have been part of Japanese culture for over three hundred years, but Ohtake is giving the old art form a new face – a wooden one.
Started by metal smiths in the eighteenth century, who turned to sculpting when demand for armour was down, Jizai Okimono figurines are traditionally forged from copper, iron or precious metal alloys like gold and silver. But Ohtake’s first attempt, this spiny lobster that bends with lifelike precision, is made from boxwood … something previously thought to be impossible.
Within the vast arena of Japanese sculpture there’s a small niche category known as jizai okimono. The craft involves carving realistic animals whose bodies and limbs are all animated through joints just like the real living thing.
You can see more of Ryosuke Ohtake work over on his Facebook page.