Art

It’s hard to believe that these sculptures are really made of stone

Hirotoshi Itoh, a.k.a Jiyuseki, is a Japanese artist who works with purposefully difficult materials to create light-hearted sculptures that challenge the convention of that material.

To make his stone sculptures, Jiyuseki first collects suitable stones from the river near his house, worn smooth by the water. Each piece takes a lot of time and patience to fashion, but the results are worth it. The sculptures juxtapose the hardness of the stone with humourous additions. From a stone ‘cushion’ with stuffing leaking out to a bulging purse, it seems that Jiyuseki is able to manipulate materials that are quite literally rock-hard to do anything he wants.

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Zip-Up-Shirt-Marble-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x575
Morning-Plate-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x383
Stone-Bag-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x575
Lets-Wrap-the-Atomic-Bomb-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x635
Last-Summer-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x575
Laughing-Stone-10-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x431
Coin-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x575
Cogwheel-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x575
Canned-Sea-stone-sculpture-by-Jiyuseki-Hirotoshi-Ito-575x382

About the author

Milo Sumner is a day-dreamer, living and breathing in London. When feeling low, he tends to cut loose and chase after dogs in the park. Otherwise he can usually be found pondering what to have for lunch.