From Recycled Japanese Train Tickets to Fine Art

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Japanese Train Ticket Art

In Osaka, Japan, Takashimaya department store employees have taken over 320,000 recycled train tickets and recreated four iconic works of fine art.


The works, which include renditions of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (2.3 x 1.6 meters) and the Birth of Venus, as well as Renoir’s Dance at the Moulin de la Galette, consist of “pixels” formed by overlapping the black and white tickets in intricate patterns. About 300 employees sacrificed their breaks and free time for 3 months to complete the masterpieces.

Now that’s dedication.

I can imagine asking U.S. employees to do the same: “What’s the Moner Leesa?”

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Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

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