8-bit Teddy Bear by Shinji Murakami


The 8-bit Teddy Bear is a three-dimensional art piece that looks as if it were made out of cubes. Working from his love of 8-bit video game expressions, simple vector lines, and original childish drawing characters, Shinji deconstructs imagery into nostalgic 8-bit cubes.

The piece is an expedition to unearth the pixelated bumpiness of three-dimensional forms. The process is one of distillation and discovery: removing information to bring into focus the most important elements.


  • Artist: Shinji Murakami
  • Title: Teddy Bear, 2015
  • Material: wood, glue, and alkyd
  • Dimensions: 15 x 13.5 x 7.5 in.

Meet the artist


SHINJI MURAKAMI (born 1980, Osaka, Japan) uses his love of 8-bit video game expressions, simple vector lines and original childish drawing characters as a springboard into his own exciting world of story telling. In 2003 Shinji began creating 8-bit map works and street art, and is recently also making 3D-8Bit sculptures that give physical form to his flat 8-bit images.

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