You Probably Think This Is Toast, But You Could Not Be More Wrong.
If you ever sit down to dinner with artist Seiji Kawasaki, you're going to want to be careful. His food definitely looks delicious, but taking a bite is a whole different story. That's because Kawasaki's food isn't actually food at all, but instead extremely lifelike wood carvings that could trick even the most discerning eye. In other words, if you're ever at dinner with him, you're going to want to make sure he takes the first bite.
Originally from Japan, the sculptor meticulously whittles tiny pieces of wood to create realistic foods that are virtually impossible to tell apart from the real thing. From chocolate bars to toast to anchovies, it seems like there's nothing that this guy can't carve. His work creates an amazing little experience for the viewer: Never before have you ever wanted to eat a block of wood so badly. Check out Kawasaki's wooden comestibles below.
This photo collage shows off his process, from small piece of wood all the way to lifelike potato chip.
Seriously, how could you tell the wooden one apart from the real thing?
The dried minnow is a pretty popular snack in Japan.
But on a plate with other minnows, we can't figure out which ones taste like salty brine, and which one tastes like, well, wood.
This lobster tail carving is truly a work of art.
And Kawasaki isn't afraid to venture into the realm of the vegetable, either.
Sometimes, he keeps it simple: This piece of toast could be a light snack, if it wasn't made out of pine.
These chocolate croissants look so good, we kind of don't care that they're not real.
Seeing his work carved straight out of its original form is pretty amazing.
And surprisingly, each of these sculptures only takes him about 2-3 hours to complete.
In addition to being delightfully deceptive, his work is also a testament to his artistry: Even creating a simple shape like this is not as easy as it looks.
And we also love that some of his carvings have an added bit of functionality: These peppers, for instance, can double as chopstick holders.
You can see more of Kawasaki's work on his Instagram page.
Source: Seiji Kawasaki