Meet The God of Cardboard Art

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Kyoto artist Masahiko Senda doesn’t sculpt with stone or clay. He uses cardboard to create his statues and figurines. Senda says he strives to create pieces that “surprise and amuse people.” He should add “impress” to that list, because that’s exactly what his work does.

“You can use hard cardboard paper to design (models) in any way you want, and it is cheap,” Senda told the Asahi News (via Japan Bullet) back in 2011. “When I conceive an interesting idea, I can’t help but make it straight away.”

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Cardboard might be cheap, but his models require a huge time investment. Senda spent three months working on a cardboard motorcycle.

[Image: Masahiko Senda | Facebook]

His latest creation, a Millennium Falcon created to promote Star Wars Day, took two weeks, with seven days being devoted to designing the model and seven days for construction. “It was tough, but fun,” the 62 year-old told Cinema Today.

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His work has been exhibited in Japan and featured on television. Have a look at some standouts from his Facebook page.

[Image: Masahiko Senda | Facebook]
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[Image: Masahiko Senda | Facebook]
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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.