Haroshi, ‘Kick Front Fork’, 2010, Coleccion SOLO
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Haroshi

Kick Front Fork, 2010

Used skateboards
7 7/10 × 4 1/2 × 3 3/10 in
19.5 × 11.4 × 8.5 cm
Location
Madrid
About the work
Haroshi
Japanese, b. 1978
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Haroshi is a skateboarder and self-taught woodworker, known for his large sculptures made from skateboard decks. To make each sculpture, Haroshi carefully selects and stacks the skateboards, then hand carves, paints, and polishes them into a veneered finish. Because skateboard decks are made of layers of processed wood, the final sculptures appear to have striped surfaces. Haroshi favors popular and recognizable forms for his subjects; in addition to skateboard sculptures, he has created teddy bears, cartoon characters, sneakers, and fire hydrants. During the construction of each sculpture, Haroshi puts a broken skateboard piece into the core of the piece—or gives each piece a “soul”. This practice is inspired by Unkei, a 12th-century Buddhist sculptor who would place a crystal ball inside each of his Buddha sculptures.

Haroshi, ‘Kick Front Fork’, 2010, Coleccion SOLO
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About the work
Haroshi
Japanese, b. 1978
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Haroshi is a skateboarder and self-taught woodworker, known for his large sculptures made from skateboard decks. To make each sculpture, Haroshi carefully selects and stacks the skateboards, then hand carves, paints, and polishes them into a veneered finish. Because skateboard decks are made of layers of processed wood, the final sculptures appear to have striped surfaces. Haroshi favors popular and recognizable forms for his subjects; in addition to skateboard sculptures, he has created teddy bears, cartoon characters, sneakers, and fire hydrants. During the construction of each sculpture, Haroshi puts a broken skateboard piece into the core of the piece—or gives each piece a “soul”. This practice is inspired by Unkei, a 12th-century Buddhist sculptor who would place a crystal ball inside each of his Buddha sculptures.

Haroshi

Kick Front Fork, 2010

Used skateboards
7 7/10 × 4 1/2 × 3 3/10 in
19.5 × 11.4 × 8.5 cm
Location
Madrid
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