Japanese Artist Spends 10 Hours a Day for 3.5 Years to Create Giant Ink Drawing

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Although the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan left a trail of destruction in its wake, the work of Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda is proof that even the darkest and most troublesome of times can inspire something beautiful. The tsunami that shortly followed the earthquake caused an unprecedented amount of damage to Japan's infrastructure and although nearly six years on the country has rebuilt itself, Ikeda's latest work titled Rebirth is a reminder of how far it's come.

Ikeda started Rebirth back in 2013, spending six days a week, 10 hours a day for more than three and a half years to get the 13×10 foot pen & ink drawing complete. The drawing depicts the carnage caused by the disaster, surrounded by the waves of the overpowering tsunami, but amongst the chaos and destruction a tree growing and blossoming. You can see more of Ikeda's work over on his website.

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