Yodogawa Technique

Yodogawa Technique

Kitakyushu Dodo / Kitakyushu Tasmanian Tiger 2021


Kitakyushu Dodo
Kitakyushu Tasmanian Tiger

Yodogawa Technique made sculptures of two large extinct animals—the dodo and Tasmanian tiger—using trash found washed ashore on the beaches of Aino Island, which lies just off the coast of Kitakyushu City. Many community members helped with the trash collection. These large, colorful animals emerge beyond space and time with humorous expressions to entertain the viewer, yet, at the same time, draw attention to the destruction of Earth’s natural environment at the hands of humans. The work poses a question that asks us to think about the future of humanity living on planet Earth.


Yodogawa Technique is the artist name of Hideaki Shibata (Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1976, Lives in Tottori Prefecture). Yodogawa Technique started its activity in 2003 at the river terrace of Yodogawa (Yodo river) in Osaka, Japan. It mainly uses garbage and floating objects that have drifted to the riverbank to create works. Its creations involve making beautiful models and sculptures that do not resemble its original form as garbage. "Chinu, the Black Sea Bream of Uno" in Uno port, Okayama, Japan is its well-known public art work. Yodogawa Technique's works and activities are introduced in primary and secondary art text books. Based on his original ideas, Shibata also conducts workshops around Japan. Moreover, Shibata initiated collage senryu, a form of comic haiku made of collages from newspaper headlines. In recent years, he often participates in exhibitions relating to environment problems.

Major exhibitions:
Kunst&Byrum Helsingør The life in the Sound, 2014, Denmark
the Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary art exhibition, 2012, Maldives
TWINISM, 2009, Germany and Japan
KITA!!, 2008, Indonesia
the Busan Biennale, 2006, Korea