The Kid Should See This

Making a rice straw animal sculpture, a time lapse for the Wara Art Festival

A wooden framework and curved plastic pipes provide a solid structure for ‘knit’ bundles of wara or rice straw, the byproduct of the season’s rice harvest. As volunteers work together to tie and wrap the bundles into place, an oversized straw animal is revealed. It’s one of many specially designed sculptures created for the annual Wara Art Festival (わらアート) in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture. Spoon & Tamago provides some background:

The Wara Art Festival all started in 2006 when the local district reached out to Musashino Art University to seek guidance on transforming their abundant amount of rice straw into art. And in 2008, the very first Wara Art Festival was held. Since then, every year the school sends art students up to Niigata to assist in creating sculptures made out of rice straw. The festivities have ended but the sculptures are on display through October 31, 2017.

YouTuber TeYoRy -ch captures the collaborative assembly process in the time lapse video above. Screen captures below:

straw-art-wara-festival-japan01

straw-art-wara-festival-japan02

straw-art-wara-festival-japan03

straw-art-wara-festival-japan04

Plus from high above Uwasekigata Park, see some of the 2017 sculptures in this video by たりどうが for Design Boom:

Next: Six Forgotten Giants, Copenhagen’s hidden scrap wood sculptures.

Plus: Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork, Chie Hitotsuyama’s recycled newspaper animal sculptures, and Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark).

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Professor Shoelace demonstrates the world’s fastest shoelace knot

Rion Nakaya

Adrienn Banhegyi’s world record jump rope skills

Rion Nakaya

Neil Dawson’s Horizons on Gibbs Farm

Rion Nakaya

Clever Japanese Farmer: Keeping crows out of the vegetable patch

Rion Nakaya

Baby capybaras at Ichihara Elephant Kingdom in Japan

Rion Nakaya

Uchida Geinousha’s Super Wan Wan Circus: 13 dogs jumping rope

Rion Nakaya

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow among city buildings

Rion Nakaya

Animated Knots – How to tie a Figure 8 knot

Rion Nakaya

A hippo gets his teeth brushed

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe