Terumasa Ikeda uses lacquer and bits of mother of pearl to create surreal sculptures.  He demonstrates the painstaking process in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94nJqYKf6so?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

The results look like code given solid form:

(H/T @MasakiSe.)






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