We are now well on our way into autumn, and tree leaves have long since served their purpose of gathering the sun's energy to turn it into food. Now that they're cascading to the ground, some artists are transforming fallen leaves into wonderful pieces of organic art. That is the case of Japanese sculptor Baku Maeda, who has created his "Leaf Beast" series by carving and shaping magnolia leaves.
Baku Maeda is a freelance multidisciplinary artist from Sapporo, Japan. He mainly works as an illustrator, but his most recent work involves delicately sculpting dead tree leaves. Using the strong leaves of Magnolia obovata trees, he creates tiny animal sculptures that are very sweet and charismatic, albeit ephemeral.
His delightful “Leaf Beast” series includes crocodiles, lizards, foxes, rhinos, and sea creatures such as shrimp. Made with minimal work, these pieces only last a few days before they fall apart on their own. Baku works from his own studio and is also part of “Ribbonesia,” a small creative collective that uses all sorts of ribbons to make wonderful art pieces.
Via This is Colossal
Photos by Baku Maeda