Animal Sculptures from Wrought Metal Leaves and Flowers

by Cristian I

Animal Shapes

Turning the pieces from leaves and flowers into an animal is indeed fascinating.

There is so much intricacy to this approach that some people think the images are a digital rendering.

They are actually the result of hard work and years of studying technique.

Taiichiro Monkey Sculpture
Taiichiro Monkey Sculpture

Yoshida Uses Numerous Metals to Create Sculptures

Taiichiro Yoshida studied metal carving at the Tokyo University of Arts.

He successfully graduated with a four-year degree in his chosen field.

Then he went back to earn a graduate degree in metal carving too.

This educational foundation led Yoshida to become an accomplished metalsmith.

He uses bronze, silver, and copper to create the various shapes that come together to form the animal sculpture.

Most of the time, he creates leaves and flowers, but Yoshida will also use butterflies and feathers as the vision he has in mind takes shape.

Each leaf, petal, and wing that he creates for his work is formed by hand.

The different colors he achieves with the metals come from heating and cooling each one at specific temperatures.

Taiichiro Rat Sculpture
Taiichiro Rat Sculpture

His Work Is Often Part of Group Exhibitions

You can find Yoshida’s animal sculptures often on display in group exhibitions produced by the Tokyo University of the Arts.

He has also had his work displayed three times between 2014-2018 in Taipei and Nihonbashi too.

He has also had two solo exhibitions of his work.

The latest one occurred in 2018 at the Gallery Kogure in Jinbo-cho.

If you follow the artist’s blog on his website, you can see his personal diary and behind-the-scenes images of how he creates each sculpture.

Animals are his primary medium.

One of his most beloved works is a dog that seems to be running in play.

His coat coloration is reflective of the autumn season, dark hues of orange and brown serving as the spotting pattern.

There is an intense joy seen on the face of the dog as he runs, evoking happiness in the viewer as they recall a similar moment in their life.

You can see Yoshida’s complete portfolio of animal sculptures on his website.

Taiichiro Bird Sculpture
Taiichiro Bird Sculpture
Running Dog Sculpture
Running Dog Sculpture
Running Dog Sculpture Details
Running Dog Sculpture Details
Standing Bird
Standing Bird
Golden Monkey Sculpture
Golden Monkey Sculpture
Golden Monkey Sculpture Details
Golden Monkey Sculpture Details
Bunny Sculpture
Bunny Sculpture

 

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