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Amazing sculpture of the legendary swordsman made from recycled newspaper.
Watch the youtube video of this sculpture Here:
Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 – June 13, 1645), was Japan’s greatest swordsman. Many in the west know of him through his book on strategy called The Book of Five Rings. What many do not know is that Musashi was also an artist.
He was the classic example of someone that could apply the principles of one art, in his case swordsmanship, to all others. In his book on strategy he wrote; “When I apply the principle of strategy to the ways of different arts and crafts, I no longer have need for a teacher in any domain.”
Indeed, in addition to being Japan’s most famous swordsman, he was also widely recognized as a master painter in the Sumi-e style, a brilliant philosopher and strategist, and a skilled carpenter and carver.
The posture is based on Musashi’s own writings in which he describes the ‘Heaven and Earth’ position of his famous two sword style of fighting. One sword ready to strike from overhead, the other aimed directly at the opponent’s face.
The sculpture is made entirely from discarded newspapers and brown paper shopping bags making it from recycled materials.Musashi Mache Dimensions: 32” X 20” X 48” Tall Medium: Paper Year: 2012
I was recently commissioned to create four cartoon characters for an up-coming trade show display. Below is a tutorial on how I carved them and what techniques I used.