Japanese Artist Creates Cool Animal Sculptures Using Recycled Newspaper

There's not much you can do with newspapers in terms of recycling except mash it all up with some water and create a pulp, but newspapers can be reused in a million different ways.

Make that a million and one, because Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama uses old newspapers to make these wonderfully expressive animal sculptures.

Chie uses rolled up newspaper and glue to make her fantastic menagerie, building each sculpture up layer by layer to make sure each animal looks as realistic as possible:

To maintain scientific accuracy, she carefully observes photographs and videos of the chosen animal, then creates a base for the sculpture. She picks the newspapers according to color, and twists them into thin rolls that are densely applied, one after the other. "By gluing paper rolls one by one, I can form beautiful contours and curves, and the shapes of the animals emerge," the artist tells us. "If I'm creating a big animal, like a dugong or walrus, it takes approximately three months to put down all of the strips of paper, and finish the whole process."

This accuracy is even more impressive when you consider the scale and massive girth of some of her pieces, but big or small I really love them all!

See Japanese Artist Transforms Old Newspapers Into Expressive Creatures here

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