Japanese wood carving artist Mori Kono and his team (MK carving & sculpting, based in Abbotsford, BC, Canada) utilize fallen yellow and red cedar, alder, and birch wood to create impressively detailed animal sculpture. These sculptures are so realistic that these animals look like they’re crawling from forest trees, or positioned to hang from wooden logs.
The sculpture series includes bears, raccoons, rabbits, owls, and chipmunks and the impressive works capture the playful nature of each mischievous creature. Once carved, the artist then brings the pieces to life during the coloring process, which allows the animals to stand out from their pale-colored logs.
The MK carving & sculpting studio’s aim is to bring back the wonders of nature to the modern world. “If our completed works of art are able to contribute to society […] to have a deeper feeling and respect towards nature and the wild,” the team states, “then that is our greatest dream!”