by Ariadna Zierold
n Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, artists have found a creative way to reuse the straw left over by the season’s bountiful harvest: they turn it into sculptures.
Made at the annual ‘Wara Art Festival’, the sculptures are built using wooden frames and lots of straw. They often depict different subject matters, ranging from sharks to tanks to even wooly mammoths. This year, local artist Amy Goda created a highly-realistic Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, as well as other equally amazing works like a crab, a cobra, a praying mantis, and a rubber duck.
The festival is held every 31 of August and has become a must-see event due to all the straw artworks on display.