People are stunned and even creeped out by these incredible fruit carvings by Japanese artist Gaku. There is a rich tradition of food carving as an art form in Japan known as mukimono.
However, Gaku elevates the stunning practice with his meticulous and intricate designs. Apples, oranges, bananas, and broccoli are transformed into marvels that resemble beautiful pieces of woodwork.
While many of the designs are merely patterns, some are made to resemble fish and cartoon characters.
The process isn’t easy either. The moment the fruit is peeled, it begins to oxidize, causing it to become discolored. The carvings must be made in just a few minutes, or else they can’t be completed.
Gaku uses an X-Acto knife and regular fruit from the local grocery store. He suggests that those interested in the art form first practice on a banana, as those are inexpensive and easy to carve. When he’s done, he eats the entire fruit… except for the banana peel, he jokes.
Although many have found the work eye-catching, it has provoked an unsettling feeling in others. Perhaps it is the uncanny combination of something familiar turned into something new? Maybe there are people out there who just don’t like the idea of playing with food.
“This is cool, but also inexplicably creeping me out,” one person commented.
“This really makes me uneasy,” another observed.
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