One glance at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens' Kōgei exhibit, and you’ll see just another art display. A painting, some bowls, fabrics hung behind a glass encasement.

But a closer look will reveal how these everyday objects are actually extraordinary.

“Beauty in ordinary things,” museum associate Arielle Lewis says about the exhibit. It’s the first of its kind in the United States, made possible by a collaboration with Japanese agencies and museums.

Kōgei is the art of using natural material to create something beautiful.

There’s an image of the moon over a body of water, the waves on the shore made up of tiny pieces from broken eggshells. A 6-foot long fabric inlay made up of small pieces of layered cloth is seen differently depending on the angle and distance from which it’s viewed.

These items are two of the 90 items currently at the museum. Pieces are borrowed from both artists personal collections and from the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibit will run until Feb. 23, alongside the Breaking Boundaries: Contemporary Street Fashion in Japan exhibition.

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