Fun Link Friday: Bamboo Art of Tanabe Chikuunsai IV

Every now and then the internet recirculates something super cool from several years ago that didn’t make it onto my radar but is perfect for a Fun Link Friday! This week I’ve come across Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, a Japanese artist specializing in the art of woven bamboo sculpture.

A This is Colossal article from 2018 featured his work from an earlier exhibition at the MET and some other installations, which are absolutely massive and awe-inspiring! Tanabe is a fourth generation bamboo specialist, with the techniques passed down. Each piece of bamboo must be moistened to bend and curve and he recycles the pieces for subsequent installations (!). In addition to some great photographs on the linked Colossal article, you can see this super cool video of him below constructing on of his pieces for the TAI Modern museum. Amazing!

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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