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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazing Sculptured Paper by Li Hongbo

The eye is fooled to see a normal sculpture made of porcelain or gypsum. But in reality is no more than sculptured paper. The ingenious Beijing artist Li Hongbo carved thousands of layers of soft white paper into busts, skulls, and human forms.


Roman Youth, 2013
A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. 

He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.

The “block” from which each sculpture is carved is composed of thousands of sheets of paper, each glued, one at a time, in a precise and delicate pattern of stripes. When lifted the pattern relieves itself, expanding like an accordion.


Bust of Marseilles, 2012

Bust of Marseilles, 2012

Bust of Marseilles, 2012

Bust of Marseilles, 2012

Bust of Marseilles, 2012

Roman Youth, 2013
Bust of Young English Girl, 2013




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