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Artist's animal sculptures made from scrap go on exhibition in central Japan

Teppei, the aquatic iguana, artist Natsumi Tomita's first sculpture she made from scrap, is seen in front of other works by the sculptor at her exhibition at the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art in Nagoya on Nov. 13, 2020. (Mainichi/Yasuo Yamada)
Nami, the chameleon scrap sculpture made from candy cans and other items, is seen at the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art in Nagoya on Nov. 13, 2020. (Mainichi/Yasuo Yamada)

NAGOYA -- Tomita Natsumi Scrap World, an exhibition featuring sculptures including humorous-looking animals and imposing dinosaurs made of scrap materials has begun at an art museum in this central Japan city.

    Some 80 works by Natsumi Tomita, 34, a sculptor living in Tokyo who studied at Tama Art University, will be on show at the exhibition at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art until March 14, 2021. Tomita has made nothing but 3D figures since her time at the university, in which she breathes new life into scrap parts such as candy and drinks cans, broken instruments, construction notices and other discarded everyday objects.

    All of the pieces on show have names. It begins with "Teppei," or iron soldier, a marine iguana who was her first sculpture of this kind, which she made for a culture festival in her third year of high school. Visitors may get a sense of being ensconced in a kind of jungle atmosphere as they encounter other works including giant tortoise Yukichi, a dromedary single-humped camel called Rakuta, Nami the chameleon, and Ryan the Lion.

    The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art also presented Tomita with scrap to commission new pieces. The black crowned crane Martha is being shown for the first time at the exhibition.

    The museum of art is closed on Mondays, and over the New Year period between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 2021.

    (Japanese original by Yasuo Yamada, Nagoya News Center)

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