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Sculpture

Building a Magnetic Eiffel Tower

Building a Magnetic Eiffel Tower

Lover of all things with magnets, Magnetic Games used a hundreds of magnetized girders and spheres to construct an impressive desktop replica of the Eiffel Tower. The video is both visually hypnotic and serves as a great bit of ASMR as well.

Sculpting Iron Man/Tony Stark

Sculpting Iron Man/Tony Stark

Artist Steven Richter takes on RDJ’s battle-scarred looks as he heads from the end of Avengers: Infinity War into Endgame. The sculpt features a great likeness of Tony Stark, as he peers out from his broken armor, made with the help of a 3D-printed casting.

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Wallace Loves Cheese

Wallace Loves Cheese

Stop-motion animator Lawrence Becker of SamplerTimes Studios got his hands on a 40-pound block of sharp cheddar cheese. But rather than getting out the crackers right away, he decided to sculpt a model of one half of the duo of Wallace and Gromit before snacking.

Viking Ship Fire Pit

Viking Ship Fire Pit
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While fiery Norse ships are normally reserved for viking funerals, we’ll make an exception for this truly awesome handmade fire pit from sculptor Trevor McIntire of ImagineMetalArt. It’s made from 18 ga. sheet steel and measures about 39″ long x 16″ wide.

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.

Nebula Ellipse Sculpture

Nebula Ellipse Sculpture

Artist Ivan Black shows off an amazing kinetic sculpture which works like a giant-sized, light-up Lollipopter. As it spins, its illuminated aluminum bars create hypnotic, mathematically-inspired patterns. Read more about Ivan’s work on Colossal.

Life-size LEGO VW Camper Van

Life-size LEGO VW Camper Van

While you can buy an official LEGO Camper Van kit already, this custom build is far more impressive. This realistic replica took over 400,000 bricks to build, and has a steel frame which allows people to walk inside and check out all of the brick-built details.

Sculpting Zombie Yoda

Sculpting Zombie Yoda

While Yoda may have passed away in Return of the Jedi, it is possible he could come back to life if there was a zombie apocalypse on Dagobah. Sculptor LoreCraft shows us what that horror might look like if it ever came to pass.

Wooden Predator Bust

Wooden Predator Bust
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Creep out your friends and family with this amazing hand-carved wooden bust of the Predator. In addition to this foot-tall beast, Etsy shop Love My Custom Wood makes all kinds of nifty carved wood sculptures inspired by science fiction and pop culture.

Making a Hybrid Mega-sphere

Making a Hybrid Mega-sphere

Artist Heath Knuckles creates stunning organic works of art by taking pieces of uniquely textured wood, cutting them into layers, and filling the in-between bits with colored resin. He then works them on the lathe into a perfect spherical shape. More here.

Making a Glass Sea Turtle

Making a Glass Sea Turtle

Glass artist Raven Skyriver demonstrates the team effort required to create a large sculpture of a sea turtle. His studio creates all kinds of incredible glass animals, including lizards, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, octopi, and more. Video by Derek Klein Films.

Making an Aluminum Foil Sculpture

Making an Aluminum Foil Sculpture

Bobby Duke headed down to his local Target store and picked up a few rolls of aluminum foil. He then demonstrated how even the simplest household items can be turned into art. We’re not too sure about the design aesthetic, but it’s still a cool idea that anyone can try.

Exhale Bionic Chandelier

Exhale Bionic Chandelier

Artist and bioengineer Julian Melchiorri created this wonderfully inventive lamp comprised of 70 “leaves” pumped full of microalgae. Through photosynthesis, they both purify the air, and transform in shades of green. The piece is on display at London’s V&A Museum.

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Pencilception

Pencilception

Sculptor and builder of things Bobby Duke decided to do something that serves no purpose but to prove that it could be done, as he bought a pack of pencils, then carved a tiny pencil from it’s wood, and then an even tinier pencil from the lead of the tiny pencil.

Making a Chewbacca Sculpture

Making a Chewbacca Sculpture

What starts out as a nondescript blob of clay provides the foundation for an impressively detailed recreation of Chewbacca’s head as artist Steven Richter creates a mold, then painstakingly places and trims hair to replicate the wookiee’s distinctive good looks.

Sculpting the Night King

Sculpting the Night King

Watch as sculptor LoreCraft takes a block of white clay, and gradually transforms it into the evil leader of the whitewalkers on Game of Thrones. In addition to the sculpting and painting, he made that sweet armor by hand too. Impressive!

ClayXYZ 3D Printer

ClayXYZ 3D Printer
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While the majority of 3D printers melt plastic filament, this unique printer uses modeling clay as its medium, resulting in ceramic creations which would be difficult to sculpt by hand. If you already have an FDM 3D printer, you can purchase the extruder only for $399.

Sculpting Margarine

Sculpting Margarine

We can’t believe it’s not butter! Unlike the guys at your state fair, chef Devwrat Anand Jategaonkar and his team used margarine as their clay. Their record-breaking sculpture of the Trimurti of Elephanta weighed over 3300 lb and measured more than 8 feet wide by 6 feet high.

Hyundai Kinetic Sculpture

Hyundai Kinetic Sculpture

This has got to be one of the most awesome moving sculptures we’ve seen. It uses thousands of aluminum pistons to replicate a moving car and other images at the Hyundai Motorstudio in Goyang, Korea. The installation was designed by Easywith for Atelier Brückner.

John Edmark’s Mathematical Art

John Edmark’s Mathematical Art

John Edmark has created a variety of static and kinetic objects, many of which share a common thread – spirals, which he uses because of their potential to go both infinitely small and infinitely large – a reflection of the endless nature of the universe. More here and here.

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Fire Skull

Fire Skull
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Sculptor and makeup artist Akihito Ikeda is the man behind this incredible Elite Creature collectible – a half-scale (26″ tall) replica of his terrifyingly-awesome flaming skull he created back in 2015. Limited to 500 pieces, pre-orders start at Monsterpalooza 2017, 4/7-4/9/17.

JSOUV Landmark Sculptures

JSOUV Landmark Sculptures

Aluminum and brass desktop sculptures which celebrate landmarks around the globe. Creator Konstantin Kolesov says they’re meant as a modern take on travel souvenirs, but we think they’re cool even if you’ve never visited the locations. Each comes with a wood base.

Intricate Food Carvings

Intricate Food Carvings

Unlike other food carving artists, Japanese sculptor Gaku doesn’t just shape the exterior surfaces of fruits and vegetables. Instead, he often creates intricate and repetitive patterns inside of the edibles. Once he’s done, Gaku says he eats his creations.

Sculptures by Alan Williams

Sculptures by Alan Williams

“I think in a way that destroying things is a creative process…” Alan Williams explains how his childhood knack for breaking and re-configuring toys inspired his design aesthetic. His current works are intricate animals with bio-mechanical bodies. A film by Ben Cox.

Lollipopter

Lollipopter
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An neat interactive desktop artwork which transforms between a pine cone and a helix structure depending on the direction you spin. There’s also a wooden “executive version” because executives don’t like colors, and like to spend more money.

Copernicus Kinetic Sculpture

Copernicus Kinetic Sculpture

A fascinating work of kinetic art by Piotr Jędrzejewski. This endlessly moving creation uses a pair of gear-driven rotating spheres to constantly keep in off balance and in motion. The sculpture is on display in front of Poland’s Wrocław–Copernicus Airport.

Sereno Armchair

Sereno Armchair
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Italian furniture maker Lovli’s decorative chair is made in the shape of Buddha meditating to hold you and help you acheive a state of peace and relaxation. It’s internal lighting and polyethylene construction make it perfect in a garden or poolside.

Man and Woman

Man and Woman

Never has a statue produced such a range of emotions, as two lovers slowly move towards each other, passionately embrace for a fleeting moment, then move past each other, in this moving artwork by Tamar Kvesitadze, and inspired by the novel Ali and Nino.

Mortal Coil Skull

Mortal Coil Skull
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This nifty plaything is sort of like a skull-shaped slinky. Designed by maker Ryan Kittleson, this Mortal Coil sculpture is a made-to-order 3D print from Shapeways, available in either white or black plastic, and also in a version that stretches side-to-side.

Sculpting an Octopus

Sculpting an Octopus

Polymer clay artist Stephanie K. PetitPlat builds an intricate sculpture of an octopus protecting a coral reef in this two-part time-lapse. The texturing on the body is fantastic, and those teensy suckers are amazing. The finished sculpture is available in her shop.

Making a Wooden Torus

Making a Wooden Torus

Artist Kyle Toth demonstrates the painstaking process of transforming boards of bocote and ash wood into an intricate donut-shaped sculpture. The finished work contains 2,340 individual pieces of wood, and took Kyle about 90 hours to complete.

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