Recycling for Art, Unique Art Pieces Made of Old Skateboards by Haroshi

colorful wheel sculpture made of old skateboards

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Japanese artist Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels. Each element of his unique artworks, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.

Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present, recycling used skateboards. ‘Without skateboarding I am nothing,’ – the artists says. He knows thoroughly all the parts of the skateboard deck, such as the shape, concave, truck, and wheels.

He often feels attached to trucks with the shaft visible, goes around picking up and collecting broken skateboard parts, and feels reluctant to throw away crashed skateboards. Recycling old scateboards for art pieces feels natural to Haroshi, haroshi.com/

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To Haroshi, his artworks are equal to his skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They’re his communication tool with both himself, and the outside world.

The most important style of Haroshi’s three-dimensional art is the wooden mosaic. In order to make a sculpture out of a thin skateboard deck, one must stack many layers. But skate decks are already processed products, and not flat like a piece of wood freshly cut out from a tree.

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With his experience and excellent knowledge of skateboards, Haroshi is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks, which deck fits with which when stacked.

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Haroshi creates three-dimensional sculptures out of used wooden skateboard decks that are amazing and whimsical. An avid skateboarder, he began collecting broken skateboard parts in hopes of making them into artworks.

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Over the years the artist has developed a technique where he carves stacks of old skateboard decks and cuts them into wooden mosaics. He then assembles the mosaics into a certain form in which the layers reveal various patterns.

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  by Ena Russ   
  last updated: 10.02.2012

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