We have been able to discover and describe over one million species of insects, but entomologists estimate there might be 10 million. They’re tiny, and they fill up spaces easily, which is why we don’t realize that bugs make 80% of the world’s species! Such a large population of bugs cannot go without artistic representation. One of the most captivating of these would be hyper realistic insect sculptures by Japanese artist Noriyuki Siatob. The sculptures, made using bamboo art, look so real that we can hear buzzing in our heads.
An eye for detail
Siatob captures incredible details into his 1:1 scale bamboo art sculptures, but he doesn’t focus too much on making an exact replica. This attention to detail was what encouraged him to use bamboo as his medium, seeing as, even though bamboo is firm to touch, it can be curved into nearly all shapes without the chance of breakage. For insects that have wings, the artist opts to use craft paper on bamboo wing skeleton to get a shimmering result.
In his bug sculptures can be seen spectacular antennae, legs and thoraxes, gently made to decorate the rest of the sculpture.
As mentioned above, Siatob does not stress on exact replicas. As any true artist, he gives his audience the benefit of filling the gaps of missing details. He says he prioritizes sensation of appearance rather than creating meticulously proportionate accurates
Scroll through the image gallery of Siatob’s works and tell us which one you like best!
A Queen Bee, Queen Wasp, a male wasp and a new Queen Wasp
These images show Siatob’s impressionist bamboo art sculpture of one of the most popular fireflies in Japan
View the bamboo sculpture of the Cyclommatus
A glorious black swallowtail with white spots on its rear – one of the best artistic representations of the original
The last on our bamboo art sculpture gallery is Siatob’s impression of a Cicada found mostly in beach forests
Images via Noriyuki Siatob’s official website.
Did you ever think bamboo art could be used to create bugs?
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