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3-D Model of Famous Ukiyo-e Print Making Waves

Art Ukiyo-e

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of Japan’s most famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints, created by master artist Hokusai in the late Edo Period (1603-1868). While the artwork has been admired by people all over the world for centuries, now it’s being viewed in an entirely new light, thanks to a Japanese artist who recently recreated the image in 3-D form. The artist, who goes by the handle @jad_ko on Twitter, specializes in making marine scenes with resin and plastic and when this technique was applied to The Great Wave, it created something so special that people online immediately went crazy for it.

Photos of the piece posted by @jad_ko quickly went viral, earning over 67,000 likes and more than 20,000 retweets in just a few days. The famous scene looks extra beautiful in its 3-D rendering, and many online agreed, leaving comments like:

“This is a true work of art!”
“Please produce this commercially. I desperately want one!”
“It looks exactly like the real thing!”
“Foreign tourists would love to buy this as a souvenir!”
“This shows a true understanding of 3-D layout.”
“It never crossed my mind to think this would be possible! Please recreate the rest of the series!”

Here’s hoping @jad_ko has time to add more masterpieces to their page at online marketplace site Minne, or better still produce these commercially because if the popularity of Japan’s ukiyo-e beers and condoms has taught us anything, it’s that demand is certainly high for Japanese woodblock prints.

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