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Picture: Hideki Tokushige<br />
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These strange but beautiful sculptures of flowers have been carefully made from the skeletons of dead animals. Sculptor Hideki Tokushige purchases frozen rats and mice from pet shops that are normally used to feed reptiles. He then defrosts the small creatures and spends a month cutting away the flesh until he has collected hundreds of minuscule bones.<br />
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Hideki has created dozens of flowers including a lotus, spider lily, dandelion, and hydrangea. He displays the delicate bone structures at exhibitions for a limited period of time before breaking them up and burying them in the ground.