Banana sculptures are pretty amazing. One might even call them appealing. Get it? Sorry I love a horrible pun. Moving right along, the bulk of these are the work of Keisuke Yamada. This banana artist first came onto the scene in 2011. To make these sculptures, Yamada, an electrician by trade has to work fast otherwise the banana will start to go bad. It’s basically a race against time before the banana goes mushy and turns brown.
The artist use spoons and toothpicks as their sculpting tools.
Most of us have never tried sculpting a banana. But if you have, you know that it is not easy.
The texture of the fruit is very fragile. And there is nothing you can do to cover up a mistake.
Keisuke Yamada said one day he was peeling a banana and thought it would be interesting to carve something into it.
His first creation was just a simple smiling face.
He received such a positive reaction from art fans that he felt inspired to pursue the idea further.
Using only a spoon to prime the banana by smoothing its surface and toothpicks for carving its flesh, Keisuke created an entire series of banana sculptures.
That ended up winning him international acclaim after the photos he uploaded to Japanese art site, Pixiv, went viral.
It was in his interviews with some of the largest sites in the world where Yamada revealed that he works as an electrician by day, and becomes an expert banana carver during the night.
That explains where he gets the steady hands and attention to detail.
He tries to finish his creations in less than 30 minutes after the peeled banana has been exposed to air.
It’s all a race against time.
No pressure, right?
Keisuke Yamada said once he’s finished, he quickly takes a photo after which he eats the banana.
Waste not want not.
I’m not sure I would want to eat a few of these.
This is a personal favorite.
Keisuke says he looks forward to making many more sculptures in the future. I am pretty sure based on what I have seen so far we all look forward to seeing what he can come up with. I picture villages, or worlds of banana people.