Shopping Bag Art: Intricate Pop Up Trees by Yuken Teruya


Or should we say, Pop Down Trees? These intricate cut outs by Yuken Teruya in paper shopping bags seem to hold the bags up. It’s as if the weight of the shopping world is on the shoulders of these delicate trees. Can you imagine the talent and precision that it takes to cut these trees out (but still leave them attached to the bag)? Yunken Teruya is a New York artist who works with such improbable raw material as paper shopping bags and empty toilet paper rolls – and creates incredible, intricate pieces from them. The shadows and the light play through the hole in the top of the bag – which is a piece of cut-out art on its own. And he works with some pretty high end shopping bags like the Tiffany bag above (who could mistake that blue?) and the signature burgundy Cartier shopping bag below. But don’t think the artist is a bag snob by any stretch of the imagination. There’s something for everyone in this collection, including the fast food lover. Would you like fries with that?


The classic Cartier shopping bag


The artist works with high end shopping bags to create intricate art


But he does fast food bags too: McDonalds (above), Burger King (below).


More information: Yuken Teruya

Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.