Awesome Sculpture

Restoring the Michelin Man

Restoring the Michelin Man

The Michelin Man, aka “Bibendum,” is one of the most iconic advertising mascots of all time. Awesome Restorations, got their hands on an antique metal sculpture of the rotund character and sandblasted away years of rust, then repainted it, restoring its former glory. He looked like a toasted marshmallow man before his makeover.

Sculpting Kratos

Sculpting Kratos

God of War’s protagonist Kratos is one of the most iconic characters in video game history. In this video, the very talented Dr. Garuda walks through the process of sculpting a miniature of the character, first by drawing a 2D reference image, bending a metal armature, building his body from clay, then painting in all the details.

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Sculpting T-Rex

Sculpting T-Rex

Now that we’ve walked the dinosaur, it’s time to build one. Or, more precisely, watch somebody else build one. Watch as expert sculptor Dr. Garuda transforms clay and a wire armature into a realistic and downright scary Tyrannosaurus Rex. Fortunately, this guy is less than a foot tall, so you could easily stomp him.

Making a Low-Poly Dog Sculpture

Making a Low-Poly Dog Sculpture

Andrey Kazantsev of Dirt Customs makes amazing low-polygon-count metal animal sculptures. Watch as he welds together a wonderfully pointy Doberman sculpture from dozens of pieces of precision-cut metal. He ships internationally, and his contact info is on his Instagram page. That giant panda sculpture blew our minds.

Sculpting Hulk

Sculpting Hulk

Artist Steven Richter is a sculpting master. Watch as he turns a Deadpool-shaped clay blank into a realistic life-size bust of Hulk as he appeared in The Avengers. We loved watching his facial features evolve as he went from an emotionless grey blob to an angry superhero ready to smash stuff.

Cardboard Art by Greg Olijnyk

Cardboard Art by Greg Olijnyk

Artist Greg Olijnyk makes incredible sculptures and dioramas out of cardboard, glue, and toothpicks (with a little help from coffee and whiskey.) Among his creations is David vs. G 2.0, a retelling of the David vs. Goliath story with a tiny cardboard samurai taking down a gigantic robot. His robot assembly line is fantastic too.

Carving Coffee Beans

Carving Coffee Beans

Artist Valeriano Fatica is an expert at carving foods. We’ve seen his incredible watermelon carvings before. More recently, he’s been working on a much smaller scale. Watch him turn coffee beans into Nick Fury, Iron Man, Thanos, The Hulk, and Groot in this Marvel-inspired series. You can order his unique works on Etsy.

Making a Kinetic Sculpture

Making a Kinetic Sculpture

If you’ve ever walked through an outdoor sculpture garden, you’ve probably seen sculptures that move when the wind blows. Artist Anthony Howe is known for creating kinetic sculptures like these. In this video, he provides a glimpse into the painstaking process that’s involved in making these dynamic and precise works of art.

Sculpting Darth Maul

Sculpting Darth Maul

While Darth Maul might not have turned out to be the most impressive villain in Star Wars history, he sure looked the part. Watch as artist Dr. Garuda crafts an picture-perfect sculpture of the spiky-headed baddie. He just needs to team up with Boylei Hobby Time to add a light-up version of his double lightsaber.

Chainlink Carrot

Chainlink Carrot

Artist Salavat Fidai is best known for his intricate pencil tip carvings. He recently pointed his sharpened knife blade at something a little more edible than graphite, transforming an ordinary carrot into a series of connected chain links. Now how do you link multiple carrots together?

Salt Labyrinths

Salt Labyrinths

Artist Yamamoto Motoi creates intricate landscapes using salt as his only medium. Among his creations is this labyrinthine design he created for an exhibition celebrating “Mono-no Aware” an ancient Japanese term acknowledging the ephemeral nature of things. The work took Motoi 10 days and 330 lb. of salt to make.

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Unexpected is an expert at building things out of popsicle sticks and glue. Unlike other constructions that still look like sticks, he manages to create objects that look more like carvings from a block of wood. Here, he show off a popsicle Ducati 899 Panigale, which is one of four wooden motorcycles he built.

Ocean Wave Kinetic Sculpture

Ocean Wave Kinetic Sculpture

Artist Ross McSweeney created this beautiful work of moving sculpture, which uses a series of cams to create a wave-like action. A tiny boat rocks back and forth as a wooden ocean moves below, and fish dive in and out of the waves. We also love his caterpillar marble machine.

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Lollipopter Fidget Toy

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

This playful interactive desktop artwork transforms between a pine cone shape and a helix structure depending on the direction you spin it. There’s also a wooden “executive version” because bosses don’t like colors, and like to spend twice as much money.

Thanos Turns to Dust

Thanos Turns to Dust

Artist Steven Richter made himself a miniature sculpture of Thanos from Avengers: Endgame, then proceeded to do away with him with the snap of his finger. Actually, he gradually carved away at him until nothing was left, and created the illusion of turning to dust with time-lapse.

Tiny Automata

Tiny Automata

Back in 2017, artist Federico Tobon of wolfCat Workshop built a series of 29 tiny kinetic sculptures from wood, wire, and paper, each of which was brought to life by simply turning a crank. There are lots of nifty designs, but the walking man and the creature with spinning eyes at the end are our faves.

Wind Wall

Wind Wall

Artist Ned Kahn created this kinetic art installation on the exterior of a parking garage in Clayton, Missouri. Its thousands of tiles each flap in the wind, creating an endless series of patterns which reveal the movement of air currents. The artist’s many works are each inspired by wind, fire, water, sand, or fog.

Carving an F1 Car

Carving an F1 Car

After impressing us with his sculpture of that Toyota Land Cruiser, Vietnam-based Woodworking Art is back with another great automotive woodcarving. This time, he turned a block of wood into a detailed replica of the Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 race car. Though we can’t endorse using your bare foot as a wood vise.

The Robot Sculptor

The Robot Sculptor

These days, using machines to carve and sculpt is commonplace, but back in 1957 it was anything but. Back then, an ingenious inventor named George MacDonald Reid came up with a process that would snap 300 pictures of a subject’s head, then traced those images to carve it into a block of plaster, one section at a time.

Food Packaging Sculptures

Food Packaging Sculptures

Japanese designer Harukiru has an impressive papercrafting skill. He loves to take packaging from food and drinks and turn it into miniature sculptures. Check out some of his favorites in this clip, then watch him in action as he transforms a Pringles can into a Pringles man.

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Sculpting Walter White

Sculpting Walter White

The Breaking Bad movie El Camino is almost here, but there’s little chance we’ll be seeing any of Walter White given its place in the timeline. For now, we’ll have to settle for this amazing mini bust of Bryan Cranston’s bald noggin by Steven Richter. He also shows off how much his skills have improved since his earlier sculpt.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

Sculpting Godzilla

Sculpting Godzilla

What starts out as a few styrofoam spheres, aluminum foil, and some hunks of clay serves as the casting form for an incredibly detailed monster sculpture, courtesy of artist Nick Brown of LoreCraft. The finished piece has even got spikes and teeth that glow under black light.

Spherical Fire Pits

Spherical Fire Pits
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Ohio artist Melissa Crisp creates these incredibly cool steel fire pits which feature intricately cut scenes of nature. Each one creates a dramatic silhouette when a fire is lit. They’re built for wood, but can be converted to burn gas. We especially love the Phoenix Rising design.

The Typewriter Sculptor

The Typewriter Sculptor

In this episode of Wired’s Obsessed, they introduce us to Jeremy Mayer, an artist who creates truly incredible sculptures of birds, people, and other living things entirely from old typewriter parts. Check out more of his works on his Instagram feed.

Sculpting Two-Face

Sculpting Two-Face

Artist Steven Richter reminds us of the recyclability of unbaked clay by tearing down a clay mold of the Night King from Game of Thrones, then reusing the material to create an amazing sculpture of Harvey Dent/Two-Faced as he appeared in The Dark Knight. You can find some of Richter’s works for sale in his Etsy shop.

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