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Shark Crocodile Art

Posted in National Art Center by tokyobling on September 29, 2010

I came across this beautiful sculpture at the National Art Gallery in Roppongi. It looks almost like a prehistoric animal model to me, perhaps someone who is more into paleontology than me can tell? A cross between a shark and a crocodile, this huge work of art was hard to miss. I know it is simplistic, but in a world like this, sometimes all we need is just a huge shark crocodile.

I didn’t get the name of the artist. Sorry.



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  1. FN said, on September 29, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I really like that! Pretty cool.

    • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2010 at 2:24 am

      Thanks FN! I wouldn’t mind one in living room… If I had a living room, that is (^-^)

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  4. Lili said, on September 29, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Amazing work ! What is it made of?
    The look in the last pic scares me.. It seems so real!

    • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2010 at 6:01 am

      I didn’t get a snapshot of the artists name tag or the material info, but it looks like plaster and clay to me. Would have been even cooler suspended in the air!

  5. Romain said, on September 29, 2010 at 8:26 am

    WAWWW, that’s true what they say: Japanese are the most crazy people in the world.

    This Sharkodile is HUUUUUUUGGGGEEEE. This gallery is really a gold mine for amazing art.

    • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Indeed! The works of art I post are mostly from brand new artists or recent graduates of Japan’s top art universities and colleges.

  6. kes said, on September 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

    sharkodile…. cute and chubby.

    It looks like it’s made of stone(or something hard)

    • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Something hard, but not stone! The floors in this building would be able to handle such a large stone sculpture… (^-^;) They have a sculpture garden outdoors for that reason. I think plaster.

      • kes said, on September 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

        Yeah.. I think you’re right. – I forgot that a large sculpture like this must be heavy if it’s made of stone.

        the sharkodile is quite big. – I think it could swallow 2-3 human. ^^

        • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

          Or as we joke in Japan: 2-3 humans or 1 sumo wrestler! (^o^)

      • kes said, on September 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

        hehe … why hunt 3 when you can hunt 1?

  7. pk1154 said, on September 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    What a weird coincidence. Yesterday I spent the day at a sculpture garden, and today I click in to find…more sculpture! And such an engaging beast, that crocoshark. (Or should it be a sharkodile?)

    (The trip was to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the purpose to view the visiting exhibit, “Chihuly: A New Eden” which was amazing.)

    • tokyobling said, on October 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

      I went and had a look at their website, http://www.meijergardens.org/ If I ever visit Michigan you’ll have to take me! It looks fantastic. Didn’t know Michigan was such an art hub?!

      • pk1154 said, on October 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

        Yes, we’re rather living above our current station, art-wise, some of it the legacy of great industrial fortunes.

        Mr. Meijer, who founded his fortune in the grocery business, is the latest patron of the arts, and his project has come along quite nicely.

        I was hooked on art glass (to look at, anyway) on an expedition to Habatat Galleries (http://www.habatat.com/) organized by a friend (who nearly destroyed her marriage buying a small Chihuly piece).

        There’s sort of an art glass axis running from here down to Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo Museum of Art has an excellent glass collection. Oh, one of the Museum’s additions was designed by Frank Gehry and another, where the glass collection is now housed, by SANAA. (Hey — a Tokyo connection!)

        The Detroit Institute of Arts has a few extremely choice works or art, and one of the better collections of American paintings. It is one of the top art museums in the USA, but easily overlooked because it’s in, well, *Detroit.*

        • tokyobling said, on October 7, 2010 at 1:41 am

          I can’t think of many more interesting cities on Earth than Detroit right now! If I was in the US I’d def move up there and buy a whole street, turn it into a city farm or something.

          I had no idea you had access to so much art up there, perhaps with the depression there will be even more people having free time to create? There’s a silver lining to any cloud!

  8. Timi said, on September 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Hehh:D When I will have my own house with a pool I’m gonna get one next/into itXD(dreams..dreams..:D)

    • tokyobling said, on October 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

      One day Timi, just hang in there…! (^-^)

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