This Buddhist Statue Is Made Out Of 20,000 Beetles
This Buddhist statue is made out of 20,000 beetles and it’s one of the creepiest forms of art you will ever see. Taking in consideration that this statue was created in Japan, things could make a lot more sense right now. Right?
The 20,000 beetles statue was made in 1978 by Yoneji Inamura, a Japanese man. He created the resemblance of the Buddhist deity named ‘senju kannon bosatsu’ who is rendered in 20K beetles. Yes, 20,000 beetles!
Japanese people are familiar with this religious deity. The statue has 1,000 arms, as old books describe the legendary Buddhist deity. Yoneji Inamura made this statue as a memorial, and since then, his work of art gain popularity throughout the world. Creepy and bizarre things make people travel thousands of miles. Everybody is chasing that ‘WOW’ factor, and this weird Japanese beetle sculpture is definitely worth the effort.
“If I shaped them into the form of a Buddhist statue it would also serve as a memorial to the insects,” said the creator about his work.
It took Yoneji Inamura approximately 6 years to compete his bizarre artwork. It’s his largest creation and he considers it a masterpiece. Most of the beetles used are rhinoceros, winged jewel, drone, and longhorn beetles.
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What a gem!
The statue is exposed behind glass at the Itakura Town Hall. Entries and visits are open and free to the public so be sure to make a detour to see it.