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Preserving History with Newspaper Sculptures


The Japanese visual artist Atsushi Adachi creates miniature replicas of objects from the past using old newspaper clippings and articles sourced from the same period. Artifacts from history like battleships and Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit come alive in what Adachi describes as a meditation on memories of our collective memory. By working with newspaper clippings from certain periods, Adachi gains an understanding of what was going through the minds of designers and creators of that time as they tirelessly worked on creating machines of science, adventure and sometimes war.

Check out more images of this incredibly realistic ship and other pieces in the artist's New York exhibition over at Spoon & Tamago.