The details on these skulls are absolutely stunning, but they come at a pretty price.
Bonsai and skulls are probably two words that you would never associate with one another, let alone in a sentence together. Yet, here we are. Known as Grave Yard Bonsai Mountain Skulls, these unique and beautiful Bonsai skulls made by an Australian company, Jack Of The Dust, are incredible. Serving as an inspiration from the Latin term 'Memento mori' which means 'Remember that you can die', this artistic take is a reminder of our mortality.
These unique handcrafted pieces are "cast in PVC plastic and is actually molded from a real human skull". Andrew Firth, the man behind these skulls, says, "While I try to minimize the variants from piece to piece, it's a natural part of the handmade process, no two skulls will ever be the same. The way I create my artwork is the exact same way that movie props are made! First, a sculpture is hand sculpted and molded in an old school way and from that, we create a strong and durable cast that can stand the test of time."
These artistic skulls weigh 2.2lbs, which is as close as it gets to a real skull weight. It measures at a depth, width and height of 7.9 inches, 5.5 inches and 8.7 inches respectively. These pieces will set you back by a pretty penny as it retails for $349.
In terms of artwork, the skulls differ. These include a faux bonsai garden, another a blooming cherry blossom garden, and a miniature graveyard scene. If you are looking for ideas on how to spice up your interior decor or discretely celebrate Halloween all year round, these skulls should do the trick!
This artistic take forces us to face death. Firth uses these replicas as a means to stimulate, create and grow. For instance, one of his works has a fake waterfall coming out of an eye socket under which lies a bonsai garden. This is meant to depict the circle of life.
The company also uses gold dust, cherry blossoms, and amethyst crystals to design and decorate the skulls and the results are beautifully macabre. If you are interested in purchasing one of the skulls or check out their other products, give their website a visit.