An artist cleverly arranges flowers and leaves in the shape of animals

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Montreal artist Raku Inoue 井上羅来 highlights natural connections in his stunning arrangements. Using found materials, he arranges leaves, petals and twigs into the shapes of different animals, from scarlet birds to multicolored fish.

Before making these plant compositions, Inoue practiced drawing, painting, graphic design and sculpture. “Nature has always been a great inspiration and on a dreary day it gave me a sign,” he told My Modern Met. “The rose bush in my garden was starting to rustle with the wind, so I went outside and plucked the petals along with some stems and leaves. I used them to create my very first insect flower sculpture which eventually launched my floral creations for which I am known today.

When creating personal work, Inoue lets the environment determine what he will create next. Due to this, the color scheme of its arrangements will change depending on the season. In the fall, for example, his art uses warm red leaves, and in the spring the animals are made of flowers and green foliage. “Usually I find a particular material, like leaves or a twig, that I find interesting,” he says. “After that, I found a subject that would use the materials a lot. In both cases, I like to highlight the beauty of materials and let nature shine through through my creations.

You can buy prints of Inoue’s work through his online store and keep up to date with the artist’s latest work by following him on Instagram.

Montreal artist Raku Inoue 井上羅来 creates fantastic arrangements using plants.

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He carefully places flower petals and leaves of different colors to create animals.

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Since he uses found materials, the color palette of his art changes with the season.

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In the fall his art uses warm red leaves and in the spring the animals are made of green flowers and foliage.

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