Japanese artist Akie Nakata found an interesting use for the stones he picks up during his walk along river banks. He transforms them into intriguing animal figurines that are really one-of-a-kind works.
According to Nakata, he doesn’t think of stone as just his canvas. Instead, he looks for that special stone with which he can feel a connection, and that can tell his own story in the best way possible.
“In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones, and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape,” Nakata told Art Fido. “Stones may fall outside our usual definition of living organisms, but when I think of the long time it takes for a stone to change from a huge boulder in the mountains to the size and shape it has, as rests in my palm, I feel the history of the earth that the stone has silently witnessed over the millennia, and I feel the story inside it.”
Check out some of these interesting stone figurines below.