Delicate Flowers Made From Rodent Bones
Artist explores on life and death through sculptures made out of animal bones.
Honebana means bone flowers in Japanese. Tokyo-based artist Hideki Tokushige makes delicate and beautiful flowers from animal bones, exhibits them, then breaks them into pieces and buries them in the soil. “Spring comes after winter, flower blossoms and die, evening follows morning, life returns to soil and reborn,” says the artist. This is how Tokushige defines the inspiration behind his creative process, which can be understood as an attempt to synchronize with nature's cycle. As far as meaning behind the bones, he interprets the frozen mouse as symbolic representation of artificial nature among our city life. Tokushige only uses the bones of dead animals such as frozen rats and mice sold in pet stores. Hideki must freeze his mice before picking out their bones and using the remains as fragile building blocks for his flowers. Originally trained in photography, Hideki conceived Honebana nine years ago when he came across a dead raccoon on the street. To many, rodents are repulsive creatures but certainly these flowers made out of their stark white bones are beautiful to look at.