An artist is proving that simple metal coins — as well as an extraordinary eye for detail — is all that one requires for creating unique, thought-provoking, and elegant pieces of sculpture.
In our current times, with the advent of 3D effects and extremely sophisticated video editing technology, there seems to be an endless supply of tech-centered applications, devices, and software which allow people to create one stunning image after another. Precisely, due to this very reason, the painstaking time and labor that went into one artist’s gravity-defying sculptures, make the artworks worthy of supreme attention.
The artist, a Japanese man who goes by the name of Tanu, is the genius behind the creations. Fortunately, he has generously shared his works on Twitter:
休日に旅行に行くでもなく、友達と遊ぶでもなく、作っていたのがこれです。— た ぬ (@thumb_tani) August 14, 2017
約1000枚の一円玉で作りました。久し振りの力作なので見て下さい。 pic.twitter.com/LL3ipiOKM2— た ぬ (@thumb_tani) November 25, 2017
半ばヤケで作りました。もう無駄にした時間とか、何の為にとか、そんなのどうでもいい世界が見えてくる。 pic.twitter.com/wCkcohGeOv— た ぬ (@thumb_tani) March 19, 2017
The sculptures made using the metal coins are impressive in a visually hypnotic way. Tanu creates pieces that seem to have a life of their own, with the stacks blending into each other so seamlessly that it becomes difficult to tell where one ends and the next one begins.
二時間近くかけて作った、新技術を取り入れたコインタワーをご覧ください。 pic.twitter.com/cecAjmQqrg— た ぬ (@thumb_tani) February 23, 2018
He manages, somehow, to balance large sections on top of one another, with sometimes only one or two coins holding them up!
何の取り柄も無い私の、唯一の特技をご覧下さい。 pic.twitter.com/7wILSAWYMp— た ぬ (@thumb_tani) March 29, 2015
Ironically, one of the sculptures with the most tension in the execution and construction seem to have some of the fewest coins used (a quick scan of the piece reveals that there roughly 18 coins). Tanu appears to have made a rough outline of a man, balancing two coins in the midsection between two other angled coins that are supported by a toothpick. The upper half appears as a stacked pyramid of coins which form a rough outline of body armor, with a symbolic 1-yen coin standing on top. Incredibly, the coins which represent the three areas of the body are stacked vertically. One could perhaps argue that the decision to place the 500-yen coin in the middle is an expression that the heart is the most important.
一時間以上かけて作ったこれは、いったい何なんだろう…？ pic.twitter.com/dT5bwB54FQ— た ぬ (@thumb_tani) January 20, 2018
Without a doubt the most gravity-defying and physics-defying (and while we’re at it, logic-defying) piece. Three coins sit in perfect balance and harmony, supporting a flimsy toothpick which seems to hold the two coins at both ends in perfect balance. at the artist with the steady hands in action:
Tanu Expands the Boundary of Physics
Though many would argue that the artist is merely demonstrating, albeit, in a more elaborate form, the basics of movement, inertia, and friction that make up the first of Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion, Tanu goes much further through his configurations. To provide a different type of example: though many of us at some point have stacked a few dominoes to understand the basic laws of physics or to simple amuse ourselves, this is much different than a large-scale execution of a domino trick with tens of thousands of pieces set up. It is this combination of pushing physics boundaries and pushing artistic boundaries which makes the pieces so compelling. Not quite a trick of the eye, and yet also not a purely visual effect, the sculptures capitalize on the artist’s obvious knowledge of physics, engineering, and design.