Japanese retailer makes hyper-realistic masks that give appearance of a stranger’s face

by Jenny Mount · Dec 16th, 2020 3:55 pm

Last Updated Dec 18th, 2020 at 2:46 pm

A Japanese retailer has created a hyper-realistic mask, modeling a stranger's features in three dimensions.

Shuhei Okawara's masks are not made to protect the wearer or others against the coronavirus. They are merely to give someone the appearance of an unidentified Japanese adult whose features have been printed onto the mask.

"Mask shops in Venice probably do not buy or sell faces. But that is something that's likely to happen in fantasy stories,"said Okawara. "I thought it would be fun to actually do that."

The masks are set to be for sale early next year for $950 (98,000 yen) each at Okawara's Tokyo shop. Okawara made his model mask after more than 100 applicants sent him their photos. After choosing the model, an artisan reworked the image on a 3D printer.

According to Okawara, initial inquiries suggest there will be high demand for the masks.

"As is often the case with the customers of my shop, there are not so many people who buy (face masks) for specific purposes. Most see them as art pieces," said Okawara.

Okawara plans to eventually add new faces to the masks, including some from overseas.


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