For most of us fall is certainly in the air. Temperatures are dropping, humidity is dispersing and leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. For artist Baku Maeda, who lives in the Northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido, fall and winter come a bit earlier than most.
Last winter Maeda came up with some seasonally appropriate eye wear as a way to cope. This year he’s found a simple yet creative way to amuse himself by turning some of those fallen leaves on the ground into beastly creatures.
Working primarily with Magnolia leaves, Maeda takes advantage of the shrinkage and crumpling that occurs in dried leaves to model facial features, tails and legs. It’s a simple project but extraordinarily well done. I know what I’m going to be doing on my next walk through the park.