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Aquascaping with glass and 3D printed objects

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 16, 2016 09:00 AM
Japanese artist Haruka Misawa has taken the polar opposite approach to aquascaping as the late, great Takashi Amano. Instead of natural elements, Misawa's art exhibit, Waterscape, uses glass and 3D printed plastics to compose the final imagery.


Most aquarists veer towards naturalism for our aquascapes. Misawa choose to use man-made, meticulously-composed elements to create beauty, heavily relying on three elements throughout his minimalistic vision: white 3D-printed plastic, glass (often inverted, trapped with air), and some live plants (mostly floating plants like duckweed).

Granted, this radical approach to aquascaping will not appeal to everyone, but this type of out-of-the-box thinking can help us reimagine and redefine the boundaries of modern aquarium-keeping.

"Waterscape" was recently only exhibit in Taiwan, with an accompanying book (in Chinese) detailing the design of each aquascape.  You can view more photos of these designs at Misawa Design Institute's website.








Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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