Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji has filled a gallery space in Tokyo with 50,000 recycled multicolored toys. This large-scale installation at 3331 Arts Chiyoda was made using old toys that were left over from the artist’s own toy exchange program. Magical dinosaurs, flying birds, big mountains and walkways were built into a confined space so kids and adults could play and wander while being reminded of our disposable culture and the short life spam of the stuff we once owned.
Hiroshi Fuji is a well-known installation artist and social activist born in Kagoshima City and working all around the globe. He produces large-scale installations, performances and events with a focus on the community and the use of discarded materials. For his latest show, recycled toys were collected from about 1,000 locations – shops, parks, museums, private homes and community centers all over Japan – to be reused in creative activities like public workshops or art installations.
This brilliant installation brings up childhood memories exposing visitors to random old stuff. From Mickey Mouse to Doraemon, colorful plastic toys become giant monsters or landscapes thanks to Fuji’s creative eye. A project based on education, entertainment and cooperation activities between kids and grown-ups, this magical toy landscape is in fact a big statement on trash and its huge creative potential.