Using the bones of small rodents, sculptor Hideki Tokushige creates incredibly delicate replicas of flowers. Each piece, is displayed and photographed for a brief period, until Tokushige disassembles it and buries the parts.
He procures his materials mostly from pet stores, purchasing frozen mice and rats, normally used for feeding reptiles, and begins his process by defrosting and slowly dissecting and disarticulating each animal. Without ever altering the shape of the bones, he uses the natural characteristics of the bones to create his flowers. The dissection process alone can take nearly a month.
“I only use real bones, fur skin, and glue. Because for all will be able to return to the earth. Bone flowers are pulled apart and put in the ground after shooting.”