A Paper Tree Made From the Imprints of Tree Bark

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“kyo” by Takumi Sato | images courtesy musashino art university and JDN

Picking up where we left off in our review of this year’s BFA art shows from Japan, we present to you a tree made from washi paper. In an act of reverse engineering, printmaking student Takumi Sato took over 100 imprints of tree bark – which is used to make washi paper – and then imprinted them back into washi paper itself. He then tiled the paper together and hung it from the ceiling, creating a hollow yet larger-than-life tree.

Sato’s massive tree titled kyo (虚), meaning not real or empty, was part of Musashino Art University’s senior thesis show. It was on display earlier this year.

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(this post is part of our review of student artwork from 2014 senior thesis exhibitions. You can see all our coverage of student artwork here)

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  1. How many trees were pulped to make that paper tree, I wonder…

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