Bananas are great. Such a versatile fruit. You can even eat them! But where’s the fun in that? Just ask banana sculptor Keisuke Yamada. The 24 year old Japanese electrician has taken the internet by storm with his banana-based wizardry. Check out what this man can do with some bananas, a spoon and a few toothpicks.
Banana Bites Back
Clearly some kind of Lord Of The Bananas.
And a beautifully hand-crafted and potentially deadly .45 caliber flintlock Banana Pistol.
Clearly the banana is a great sculpture material but obviously the banana sculptor must work quickly lest the fruity medium begin to brown and ruin the masterpiece. Keisuke says that he makes each sculpture within 30 minutes and the only tools he uses are bananas, toothpicks, and a spoon. The spoon is used to prime the banana by smoothing its surface and then most of the actual sculpture work is done with toothpicks.
Here’s the man himself enjoying his new-found banana carving fame.
You can also follow him on Twitter here.
But carving aliens, eyeballs, dragons and warlord guys with horses is only part of the story. The whole genre of banana art is much more expansive than that!
Melbourne based photographer Jun Gil Park draws images inspired by music on bananas by cutting into the skin just enough to make it brown.
Phil Henson, on the other hand, uses a piercing method more akin to traditional tattooing with a pointillist technique to draw famous images from art history onto the banana.
This is Van Gogh’s Skull With Burning Cigarette rendered on a banana.
The Creation Of Adam by Michelangelo bananified.
The work of Degas reproduced on a banana.
Botticelli’s The Birth Of Venus gets the banana treatment too.
Phil has also done a book called Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art. From the description:
Tattoo A Banana is a simple and fun guide to creating art with anything at hand – like a piece of toast, your own fingerprints, a stack of marshmallows; showing everyday creativity with a twist of unconventional techniques.
Here’s a video of Phil in action.