Using only old towels, Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki has reconstructed sculptures and topographical maps of post-war Japan. The artist begins by soaking the towels in ink, which allows the fibers to loosen and become more malleable. Once they’ve softened, he painstakingly tweaks and pulls individual strands to create intricate buildings, such as oil refineries, gas generators, and gentry cranes from old, industrial Kawasaki. He uses images he found on Google Earth to guide him in the sculpting process.

These works were on display at the Kawasaki City Museum earlier this year.

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