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If ‘weed’ is a term of categorization applied subjectively to any unwanted plant in a man-made setting then the desirability of Yoshihiro Suda’s weeds makes them inherently oxymoronic. His hyper-realistic wooden carvings appear inconspicuously in forgotten cracks and corners of pristine galleries and museums worldwide, each one made site-specifically with close study of weeds commonly found in the area. The Japanese word for nature, shizen, means literally ‘self created’ and while Suda’s tiny sculptures resemble nature to perfection, they are far from self created. Using traditional Japanese woodcarving tools and techniques, a single leaf can take him many days to complete. We might think of this as the ultimate weed control, because rather than joining the futile battle to eradicate unwanted plants it simply renders them obedient, infertile, static and beautiful.

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Posted by contributor 8:30 PM, September 2nd, 2010 1 comment


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  1. How wonderful. I would love to see these in real life. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by G N Raff — September 17, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

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