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Haroshi: Sculpting The Art of Street Culture

Despite trends constantly picking up and moving forward, there are existing forms of craft in our lives that remain timeless no matter the era – and sculpture is one of them. While Rodin, Donatello and Michaelangelo were masters at their craft, a shift in the times have switched artisan gears into contemporary artwork, sliding us into a new generation of modern design and architecture in today’s creations.

Tscheus Berlin ! @urbannationberlin

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Self-taught in his craft, Japanese wood sculptor Haroshi strikes a balance between his love for sculpting and skateboarding for over a decade, creating incredibly unique three-dimensional masterpieces from the decks of used skateboards that he collects.

Even without formal training, Haroshi’s works showcase the essence of his artistic talent expressed through the technique his craft. His vibrant sculptures are constructed via carving multiple layers of leftover wood decks before gluing them together to form multicolored structures with mosaic detail.

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“Still pushing despite the odds” circa 2015 #haroshi

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“LA Fire Hydrant” 2012 @keithhufnagel @realskateboards #haroshi

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“Blue Heaven” 2016 for group show @coreyhelfordgallery please come to visit opening party 17th December!

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“Screaming my hand” 2010 #haroshi

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I’m really looking forward to see final !! Thank you for 6years !! @berrics ✨🙏✨ #Repost @berrics ・・・ We’d like to give a special thanks to @haroshi for making this year’s #BATB10 trophy 🙌 Hyped to keep this 6-year tradition going! The Finals go down LIVE at 7:00 PST on! 👊

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My small interview on the Korean skate board web mag @dooonuts ! I went Korea when I was 21years old . I had an accident and my fingers little bit burned and melted . So I had to go to hospital . Korean peaple was really gentle and kindly to care for me … I was really impressed and never forget … Arigato 정말 감사합니다 🙏 @ynhp

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My Be@rbrick is coming …….. not soon ha. I’m delighted to work with @medicom_toy and karimoku. This color is just sample color . You can check this sample in the Medicom toy 21th exhibition in Omotesamdo Tokyo. Arigato

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GUZO In progress work for @arshamfieggallery Sep 2017

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Having collaborated with industry names like HUF, Nike SB and Airwalk, Haroshi’s inspiring works have been displayed in galleries across the shores of Tokyo to London, Los Angeles, New York, and more.

His recent works have been showcased in the Arsham/Fieg gallery and in NYC’s stolenspacegallery.

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Images © Haroshi.

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