Amazingly Carved Wooden Lobster With Full Articulation

June 11, 2014

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This is the wooden sculpture carefully carved and assembled by Japanese artist Ohtake Ryousuke to move like an actual lobster. If that showed up my plate at Red Lobster I would definitely try to butter it and poke its eye-stalk with my fork until my mom threatens one more time and I don't get dessert. Ha, like I didn't already fill up on cheese biscuits! No word if it's the model God used as the basis to create real-life lobsters.

It is, in fact, a painstakingly carved and meticulously assembled model of a lobster, created by 25-year-old artist Ryosuke Ohtake. The piece is a first-rate example of jizai okimono, a style of Japanese animal sculpture that places a high premium on realism and full, lifelike anatomical articulation.

Damn, and I thought origami was complicated. You know what happened the last time I tried to make an origami crane? "You hurt yourself?" SO MANY PAPERCUTS. Plus I drank a jar of rubber cement and I had to go to the hospital. "Wait -- I thought you said you were making origami, what were you doing with rubber cement?" I found it in the craft closet and it smelled good!

Keep going for a video of the lobster's amazing articulation.

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Thanks to chichi, who agrees this man is like a modern Da Vinci and should get to work designing a human-powered helicopter.

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