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Flowers of Bone

Beautiful art or morbid meditation? Or both?

Japanese artist Hideki Tokushige has certainly created some visually arresting works of art with his series of amazing "bone sculptures", He first had the idea for these "honebana" (bone sculptures" when he saw a dead raccoon on the street. 

Having recently been reading up on anatomical science, a strange idea occurred to Tokushige -- could this once-beautiful animal become a beautiful sculpture yet again?

His sculptures today use the bones of rats and mice which are sold already dead in pet shops as food for reptiles -- which not only means that no nimal are suffering for his art, but give him incredibly fine, tapered bones for creating his sculptures.

What do you think -- are these truly pieces of flower art? Do you find the bone sculptures beautiful?

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