Awesome Sculptures

Carving a Wood + Resin Rhino

Carving a Wood + Resin Rhino

Artist Blake McFarland continues to wow us with his spectacular animal sculptures. His latest is a gorgeous black rhino he made from a large chunk of burled black walnut wood and clear epoxy resin. The piece will be available for purchase soon from the new artist’s platform Ronin.

Miniature Automata

Miniature Automata

Artist Penny Thomson makes these amazing moving sculptures of birds, dragons, faeries, and other creatures. Each one uses a crank and precisely-placed stiff wires to bring it to life. Her works go up for sale on her Etsy shop from time to time, but they sell out almost instantly.

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Realistic LEGO Minifigure

Realistic LEGO Minifigure

Ever wonder what a LEGO Minifigure might look like if it was a living, organic creature? Well, wonder no longer. Adam from North of the Border sculpted this character with a dad bod, clamp hands, a flattened scalp and jawline, beady black eyeballs, and the look of perpetual ennui.

HyperCube Nano Light Cube

HyperCube Nano Light Cube

A compact and more affordable version of the awesome looking HyperCube led light cube. The 5.5″ USB-powered cube offers 95 pre-programmed light patterns and can react to sound and music. It works with a mobile app to control its animations, and multiple cubes can be synced together.

Spray Splash Sculptures

Spray Splash Sculptures

These pop art sculptures from Weibi Concept Store stand on their own while paying tribute to other contemporary artists like Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. Each spray can appears to float in the air, with an imaginary graffiti artist holding the can and spraying out a blast of paint.

Life-Size Origami Dragon Tamer

Life-Size Origami Dragon Tamer

Artist Chris Conrad spent weeks folding this 1:1-scale human from a single uncut piece of paper. The figure has detailed scales and wings, and carries a tiny dragon in a second color. The time-lapse video shows how this incredible creation came together, starting with making the 19×19 foot sheet of paper with his friends.

Robot Caterpillar Climbs a Pile of Wood

Robot Caterpillar Climbs a Pile of Wood

Artist Reuben Margolin creates kinetic sculptures inspired by nature and math. For his work Caterpillar and Woodpile, he created an articulated robot that moves like a caterpillar and programmed it to climb a woodpile in the shape of a polynomial spline. The machine’s slow crawl is so relaxing to watch.

Sculpting an Earth-Eating Monster

Sculpting an Earth-Eating Monster

We’ve been enjoying North of the Border’s creative sculptures and sassy narration for a while now. Adam’s polymer clay and resin sculpt imagines a giant space monster that has gotten its tentacles around Earth and is ready to gulp us all down like a giant jawbreaker covered with ants.

Sculpting an Eagle from Tires, Foam, and Steel

Sculpting an Eagle from Tires, Foam, and Steel

Artist Blake McFarland has wowed us with his incredible animal sculptures. This time, he created a life-like sculpture of a bald eagle out of bicycle tire feathers wrapped around a metal frame and a foam body. The finished bird has an impressive 6-foot wingspan and an awesome beak and talons made from steel.

Strandbeest Evolution

Strandbeest Evolution

Since 1990, artist Theo Jansen has created numerous walking and moving machines. Each year, he heads to the beach with a new one of his Strandbeests and lets it able about along the, powered solely by the wind. This video compilation shows off some of the many amazing and amusing creatures as they march across the beach.

Realistic Winnie the Pooh

Realistic Winnie the Pooh

If Winnie the Pooh was more like the bear from The Revenant, he might look something like this imposing creation from artist North of the Border. He built this bear from scratch using a wire and foil armature, then sculpted and painted its clay body. Even Heffalumps should not mess with this Pooh Bear’s Hunny pot.

Carving the Founding Titan

Carving the Founding Titan

Woodart Vietnam shows off another incredible sculpture and its creation. In case you’re unfamiliar with Attack on Titan, the terrifying beast that you’re looking at is the Founding Titan, the massive, skeletal monster that thrives on the screams of humans.

Weaving Wooden Sculptures

Weaving Wooden Sculptures

Artist and builder Charlie Baker creates incredible sculptures from materials found in nature. Rather than use finished lumber, he works meticulously to preserve the organic shapes and textures of the twigs and branches he uses as his primary medium. WIRED’s Obsessed takes us inside the artist’s mind and process.

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The Beatles Automaton Sculptures

The Beatles Automaton Sculptures

Argentinian artist Daniel Bennan creates amazing sculptures which move via a mechanism of gears and bent wire. Among his works are a series of automatons inspired by The Beatles, one with the Fab Four playing their instruments, and four walking machines based on John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

Carving a Wood + Resin Whale Sculpture

Carving a Wood + Resin Whale Sculpture

Artist Blake McFarland previously impressed us with his sculpture of a bear that he carved from wood and epoxy resin. Now he’s back with another amazing animal sculpture he made with the same technique. The finished piece looks incredible and now lives at The Founders Room at The Beacon in Topeka, Kansas.

The Corporate Ping Pong Machine

The Corporate Ping Pong Machine

JBV Creative loves to engineer kinetic sculptures and machines using 3D-printed parts. For this interactive piece, he created a wall-mounted mechanism that represents the slow, repetitive churning of the corporate machine. It launches ping pong balls into the air and catches them in a funnel to repeat the process endlessly.

NOXU X7.0 Smart Table Lamp

NOXU X7.0 Smart Table Lamp

This bold and modern accent light doubles as a kinetic sculpture. Its three elongated hexagons rotate atop its base, casting an ever-changing and soothing splash of color on your walls and around the lamp. An accompanying app lets you choose from millions of colors, adjust brightness, and program animation effects.

Stone Sushi

Stone Sushi

What you’re looking at here might look like some delicious sushi, but you definitely don’t want to bite down on it unless you’re ready to chip a tooth. Japanese artist ha_ma_73 makes incredibly accurate sushi replicas by carving and polishing stones. What’s even more amazing is that those are natural stone colors, not paint.

Giant Castle 3D Print

Giant Castle 3D Print

Most 3D prints we’ve seen are pretty small. But the guys at Argentina’s Trideo make the Big-T – a $40,000 industrial 3D printer that can crank out precise objects as large as 40″ x 40″ x 42.5″. Watch as it churns out a detailed model of a 39″ tall castle that tool almost 10 days to output. After that, watch it print a horse.

Sculpting the Kirby Car

Sculpting the Kirby Car

With the possible exception of The Homer, the vehicular version of Kirby from Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the silliest looking car we can think of. Adam over at North of the Border sculpted a real-world version of the bubbly pink ride out of aluminum foil and clay.

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Spinning Magnets

Spinning Magnets

Magnetic Games presents another wildly satisfying video. This time, he uses a bunch of spherical and tubular magnets to create a series of gradually more complex spinning kinetic sculptures. It’s equal parts ASMR, physics experiment, and visual fun.

5-Axis Moving Rack Sculpture

5-Axis Moving Rack Sculpture

Inspired by the geometric star art of John and Jane Kostick, mathematical artist Henry Segerman shows off a neat bit of mechanical engineering which uses a set of five geared racks that can smoothly slide through each other. The model is available as a 3D print from Shapeways, but it’s not cheap.

Needle-Felting a Giant Bullfrog

Needle-Felting a Giant Bullfrog

Artist and filmmaker Andrea Love created this gigantic bullfrog sculpture using a wire armature, foam, and needle-felted wool. She captured the two-day process as a stop-motion video, and the frog would go on to appear in the award-winning short film Tulip, a collaboration with children’s book author Phoebe Wahl.

Making a Chocolate Rocket Ship

Making a Chocolate Rocket Ship

Pastry and confection artist Amaury Guichon shows off yet another amazing edible creation. We had to clean the drool off our keyboard as we watched him build this incredible sculpture of a rocket ship entirely from chocolate. It’s one of several of his works featured on the Netflix series School of Chocolate.

Making Shiny Steel Spheres

Making Shiny Steel Spheres

Scott from Wonder World was fascinated by a video that showed how large metal spheres are made using explosive hydroforming. Here, he dives deeper into the process, along with other methods used for making spheres from steel, such as the shiny art pieces made by Shenzhen Maoping Sculpture Arts.

Sculptor Sculpts Sculptor

Sculptor Sculpts Sculptor

Artist Steven Richter is known for creating impressively realistic busts. In this video from 2020, he makes a 1:2-scale sculpture of himself which he posed making an even tinier 1:4-scale version of himself. We need to go deeper!

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