featuring large wooden and wireframes structures embedded as support, the sculptures are clad with leftovers from rice harvest .Most of the exhibited arts on display are animal-eques sculptures covered entirely with rice straws and postured in dynamic orientations for effect , and to mimic realism.
These ideal art motifs dotting the rice fields on the Japanese island of Honshu are part of The straw art festival . created to exhibits various art works, It make good use of leftovers ” straws”. And now, it has become a regular event in the Japanese city of Niigata — duration is through first two days of September. The ‘ leftover arts” after finis then go on display at the Uenriigagyo Park, in Nishi-gama for tourists and visitors alike to enjoy.
Usually it is a collaborative effort between students from Musashino Art University in Tokyo , and citizens of Niigata . The students measure , model and construct the necessary wire-frame foundation with the citizens completing the body parts with corked and stacked straws.
” we have collected artworks at Kamiyagigo Park and have been developing as an event to showcase regional special product sales and attractions,” mayor, Akira Shinoda says ” and have been developed by many stakeholders’ efforts and creative ingenuity.”
the art festival is fairly a new event, created in 2008 to encourage tourism and promote a sense of unity within the city and among the citizens. The two day annual event now celebrates ten years of continuity.
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