Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji’s art revolves around “ways of transforming existences that are not valued by society into special existences.” One of the ways he does this is by using recycled materials in his art and inviting others—kids, artists, the public in general—to participate in its creation. He started a toy exchange system called “Kaekko” 13 years ago with over 5000 events having taken place in over 1000 locations across Japan and other countries as well. In his Central Kaeru Station – Where have all these toys come from? (Kaeru meaning to change, return, exchange) exhibit, which just closed in Tokyo last weekend, Fuji brought together over 50,000 toys collected over the years in the “Kaekko” project and created an installation that included works (such as this Toy Sauruses) made from the recycled toys, and the opportunity to bid on some of the works, along with interactive workshops for the community.
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