Some artists create on canvases. Others use wood. But if the medium presents itself to the artist, it can really be anything. All you need is a creative mind. Case in point, Makoto Asano, a Japanese artist who decided he would create art from carving ice cream. Specifically, smiley faces into Häagen-Dazs ice cream cups using the flimsy plastic spoon provided to him.
Asano’s creations, which he uploads to his instagram account, are filled with whimsy. Each face – bucktoothed, bearded or smirking – is different from the others. Asano achieves this in part from his carving skills but also by utilizing the multitude of odd flavors (and accompanying textures) only available in Japan.
Häagen-Dazs, like other food and beverage companies, cater to a characteristically Japanese demand for new and limited-time offerings by constantly coming up with different flavors like mitarashi kurumi (sweet soy sauce and walnut) and kinako kuromitsu (soybean powder and sweet syrup).
“My hobby is making ice cream laugh,” says Asano. And he’s certainly making us laugh with these hilarious creations.