In pictures: Hyper-realistic stone sculptures by Jiyuseki

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Japanese artist Jiyuseki handcrafts these incredible stone sculptures creating the illusion that the stone is soft and malleable.

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Jiyuseki graduated from Tokyo National Fine Arts University in 1982 and later went into his family business as a stonemason. Nowadays his works are basically hyper-realistic stone sculptures.

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He spent several years working with metal before turning his attention to stones. He utilises stones found in a river bank near his home, and he creates sculptures that juxtapose the original shape and hardness of the material with surprising humour and texture.

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To make his stone sculptures, Jiyuseki first collects suitable stones from the river near his house, worn smooth by the water. Each piece takes a lot of time and patience to fashion, but the results are worth it.

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From stones with tooth, wallets made of stones, the imagination of the artist has no limits when the material used is the one of the hardest to manipulate.

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