dandelion fluff might be the most delicate material to choose when making sculptures but that doesn’t stop japanese artist yusuke aonuma, who sees a beauty in the feathery, umbrella-like structures. aonuma harvests the light-weight plant form (known as tanpopo in japanese) before drying them to give him a material supply from which to to work with.

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aonuma then places the dandelion fluff into acrylic slabs to create three-dimensional geometric shapes. in a recent exhibition in tokyo titled iki wo tatero which translates as ‘breath’, the artist encouraged visitors to interact with these sculptures by breathing on them. in a series of various forms and masses, and lit through their translucent stems in a dark room, the artworks highlight their beautiful fragility.

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the artist has announced an upcoming exhibition in march of 2018, which will take place in the omotesando district of tokyo. the exact location and dates have yet to be revealed. you can follow the artist on twitter and instagram.

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