Ryo Shimura has won awards for his project under the theme of "Mass Extinction”, which was inspired by environmental problems such as deforestion, air pollution and global warming. He uses the hippopotamus as a symbol for a fading environment and takes interest in their plight.
KONICA MINOLTA Eco & Art Award 2011 : Special Prize Display Design
Designer Comment :
Set your cup down and let it bob gently beside the floating hippo. I've designed a coaster that I hope you'll want to display even when you aren't using it. Hippos are poached for their tusks and meat and are now in danger of extinction. I hope this coaster will help people come to like hippos and take an interest in their plight.