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Hirotoshi Ito Turns Stone Into Sculptures That Rock.

Hirotoshi Ito Rock Sculptures

Hirotoshi Ito Rock Sculptures consist of zippered stones that conceal odd objects, carved boulders and rocks that appear malleable and laughing stones baring teeth.

Hirotoshi Ito Rock Sculptures

above: Hirotoshi Ito’s Laughing Stones are some of his most recent work

While running the family masonry business which crafts tombstones, memorials and religious statuary, Hirotoshi Ito has been creating and exhibiting his own stone art in Japan and abroad in hopes to promote the value of stones as an art medium. For his personal works, he use various kinds of stones ranging from granite and marble to ones he found at the Azusa riverbank near his home.

Hirotoshi Ito Rock Sculptures

Hirotoshi Ito

In some instances he carves marble with a deft hand, turning into fabric and garments. In other projects, he has ‘opened’ simple rocks turning them into precious containers. He enjoys mixing the stone with different materials such as zippers, dentures, and coins as you will see in the following images of his work.

His ability to turn stone into the appearance of malleable substances such as food is both beautiful and compelling:

Hirotoshi Ito Rock Sculptures

Adept at sculpting marble, he has given the following pieces the flowing appearance of garments, linen and paper:

Hirotoshi Ito Rock Sculptures

Stone garments:

With the addition of zippers, Hirotoshi has turned rock into anything but a solid substance. Providing an opening, the rocks are ‘unzipped’ to hold coffee beans, marbles, coins, shells and more.

His most recent work are his “Laughing Stones”:

Hirotoshi Ito Laughing Stones

You can purchase some of his zippered rocks at the online independent artists’ store Iichi

Hirotoshi Ito website