The Tortoise and the Hare - Mementos of Time
These are the fantastic creations of Japanese artist Natsumi Honda (本田奈津美). She captures the essence of the story precisely because of the medium the artist chose to make her animals: bits of discarded watches and time pieces - forgotten mementos of time. The tortoise and hare sculptures are exhibited at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The series is aptly titled, Time to be Included.
Most of us know the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, one of Aesop’s Fables. The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. When the hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him and won the race.
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