Sculpting metal flowers out of bronze, copper, or silver, Taiichiro Yoshida has created a number of animal-inspired figures.
With wings of birds and fur of fluffy animals replaced by floral trinkets, Yoshida’s works exhibit the ancient Japanese technique of decorative hot metalworking. The practice dates back to sometime around the 2nd or 3rd century BCE. The artists achieves the fragile detail through smithing by carefully beating hot metal and forming it into petals. Finally, the pieces are colored.
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