Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Skate and Destroy by Harvest by Haroshi

Old skate decks remade into stunning sculptures, so is the work of Harvest by Haroshi, whose recently had an exhibition at PLSMIS Gallery in Tokyo. The Skate and Destroy show layers old skate decks, then transforms them into sculptures like a Mario head, a row of apples, a grasping hand, other dolls and figurines and even a giant moose head. The sculpting is impressive and the colorful layers of the recycled skate decks makes it even cooler.

Haroshi, who is obviously a skater, has over the years split, broken and cracked a number of skate decks. As they held sentimental value to him, he couldn't quite get rid of them, but then again, they were stacking up disproportionately in his room.

He then thought that he could reuse them in his art, so he began making accessories and then eventually larger sculptures under his brand Harvest.

In his words: "The works of Harvest are through the perspectives of a skater and as an artist. As a skater, I want to take responsibility of reusing skateboards when they were no longer useable. Also, as an artist I want to explore the possibilities of what can be done with skateboards. We see the care and effort that a skater can have for his/her deck and we also acknowledge the origins of a skateboard. We believe that if the small things we do can connect to sustainability then we’re doing something right. We’d be satisfied in our effort when people look at products and start thinking of ways to recycle."

[Harvest by Haroshi]
{via Craftzine}