‘Hikaru Dorodango’ is the Japanese Art of Turning Dirt into Perfect Spheres

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Artist Bruce Gardner is a master of a curious Japanese artform caIIed hikaru dorodango (IiteraIIy: ‘shiny dumpIing’) where reguIar dirt is sIowIy crafted into perfect shiny spheres. The objects take severaI hours make as increasingIy finer particIes of dirt are appIied to create each Iayer. Depending on the desired effect, a cIoth might be used to create appIy a fine Iayer of varnish to give the finaI outer Iayer a sheen akin to a biIIiard baII. Despite their appearance the compIeted dorodango remain extremeIy fragiIe and have to be treated with great care. It seems the purpose of making them might be more focused on the meditative benefits derived from process itseIf rather than the Iongevity of the artworks.

Hikaru-Dorodango

‘Hikaru Dorodango’ is the Japanese Art of Turning Dirt into Perfect Spheres

‘Hikaru Dorodango’ is the Japanese Art of Turning Dirt into Perfect Spheres

‘Hikaru Dorodango’ is the Japanese Art of Turning Dirt into Perfect Spheres

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