Japanese Artist Prepares Exhibition of Strikingly Accurate Stone Sushi

Look but don’t try eating.

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Celebrating the beauty of sushi, Japanese artist Hama has prepared an exhibition of strikingly accurate stone sushi.

Currently part of the “Joint Graduation Exhibition of 5 Art Universities in Tokyo” show at The National Art Center, Tokyo, the thesis project from the art student is an expansive platter of sushi made entirely of natural stone. Through painstaking shaping, engraving and polishing, the artist captures the look of Japan’s national delicacy. The artist started with the sushi he bought daily as inspiration, illustrating each piece before rendering them in stone.

Hama notes that he used the visual splendor of sushi to spark a conversation about waste and existence through food. Referencing his part-time work at a restaurant he hoped to highlight the life cycle through the process of waste. This is why different pieces of nigiri topped with parts of the human body are riddled throughout the mix.

Check out the process behind the exhibition of strikingly accurate stone sushi below.

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