Tomohiro Inaba’s disintegrating sculptures highlight the passing of time
Most sculptors aim to capture every detail of their subject so that they can be immortalized forever, but Tomohiro Inaba is no ordinary sculptor. His latest series of work features disintegrating sculptures made with thousands of individual pieces of iron and acrylic resin that slowly fade away into nothingness. Each sculpture begins as an accurate representation, but slowly transitions into a state of non-existence.
One of the sculptor’s most prominent pieces is of a grazing deer. The head of the animal is perfectly formed, a thick mess of wire, but as your eye follows its form, you notice how the construction becomes much more sporadic, until eventually there is nothing left to see.
Inaba’s art isn’t designed to shock you or get an instant reaction, but force you to think about the temporal nature of things. One minute there is life, the next there is none. What is a tangible object in one moment, can just as easily become an unseen part of the environment around us.
These types of sculpture are an ongoing experiment for the artist, who has been working with the medium for more than a decade. His earlier work featured large slabs of twisted metal, while those created in the last few years make use of fine steel wire and transparent acrylic rods to allow for more detail and subtlety.
If you’re a fan of what you see here, then you’re sure to like what Inaba has to offer in his online portfolio. There are all sorts of animals in various states of existence, along with humanoid creatures, buildings, and even run-of-the-mill homo-sapiens.
Images by Tomohiro Inaba