A dragon sculpture made of wood and palm tree leaves
The Shimadakara, which translates to “island treasure,” is a yearly art exhibition that honors the designers and makers of Japan’s southern islands in Uruma, a town in Okinawa Prefecture. Every year, individuals display their creativity by producing artwork, frequently using native, organic resources. During the celebrations this year, one artwork in certainly stands out—a huge dragon statue created by Japanese architect and artist Ayako.
The enormous statue, known as Ryu Miyagi, is constructed from Chinese fan palm wood and straw. The enormous mythical beast is depicted as if it were looking through a window of a little village house. The artist was inspired to create this magnificent piece by Ryg-j, a mythical Japanese underwater castle governed by Ryujin (the dragon kami of the sea).
Shiromadara (@oogomadara), an Okinawa native, previously shared pictures of the impressive statue on Twitter, demonstrating just how intricately carved it really is. It has hand-carved wooden teeth, dried palm leaves, and braided vines that look like they could suddenly come to life. In fact, as the wind blows, the landscape is dynamic and appears to be moving, giving the impression that the dragon is floating through the air.
On its webpage, The Shimadakara art show provides a wealth of further information.
Artist Ayako produced this magnificent statue of a Japanese dragon for the Shimadakara arts festival in Okinawa.
It is made by hand from Chinese fan palm wood and bamboo.
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