Transparent creatures = awesomeness! I think Iori Tomita’s work is simply stunning. The colors, form, structure and detail enthrall me; and once I can get beyond staring at them, I would love to use them as inspirations for future sculptures.
Usually, we try to avoid fish and other creatures once their time has passed — the smell can be unbearable. However, if those dead animals were somehow made into something beautiful, like this work by Japanese artist Iori Tomita, we may just let them in the house.
Your first thought is probably of some hard work done in Photoshop, but that‘s not at all what‘s going on here. These are actual bones and cartilage from fish, turtles, lizards, birds and other wild things. They have been carefully preserved, treated with chemicals and then dyed with bright, pretty colors. Head past the break for more info and a ton of photos.
According to Wired, the process to create one of these “New World Transparent Specimens” can take anywhere from 5 months to a year, but the result is pretty groovy to say the least.
Apparently, a lot of Tomita’s work can actually be purchased from the Tokyu Hands department store in Japan. Tomita will also have his colorful work on display at Tokyo’s Design Festa in May, so stop by and take a peek if you happen to be in the area. Better yet, there is now an app available on iTunes that lets you browse a gallery of Transparent Specimens — you can find it here.