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20,000 Beetles Were Used To Make This Odd Buddhist Sculpture

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20,000 Beetles Were Used To Make This Odd Buddhist Sculpture

Have you ever seen 20,000 beetles in one place? Keep scrolling. Now you have.

This sculpture was made in 1978 by a man named Yoneji Inamura. The piece is a Buddhist deity named senju kannon bosatsu rendered in thousands of beetle bodies. The deity is well known in Japan and is said to have 1,000 arms.

For Inamura, this unusual statue was a memorial. “If I shaped them into the form of a Buddhist statue it would also serve as a memorial to the insects,” he said of the project.

This piece took 6 years to complete. It was Inamura's largest piece and the one he considered his masterpiece. Most of the beetles are rhinoceros, winged jewel, drone, and longhorn beetles.

The piece is hidden away behind glass in the Itakura Town Hall. So if you make it out there, be sure to stop in for Inamura's beetle masterpiece. Entry is open and free to the public.

Via Kotaku

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