THE BEST Sculptures

Amazing Pop-up Art

Amazing Pop-up Art

Artist Peter Dahmen shows off a series of intricate paper-cut sculptures, greeting cards, and packaging designs that he’s created over the years. Some of them are one-off personal projects, while others are available as DIY tutorials on his website. Check out more of his sculptures here.

Giant Cardboard Schwarzenegger

Giant Cardboard Schwarzenegger

Russian Papercraft artists Northpoly created this larger-than-life bust of Arnold Schwarzenegger entirely from cardboard. The image is based on his appearance in Red Heat, and was displayed at the 2019 Synergy Global Forum, where Ahnold was a guest speaker. You can buy templates of Northpoly’s other sculptures over on Etsy.

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Tire Tread Animals

Tire Tread Animals

Artist Blake McFarland shows off a pair of sculptures he built for the 2019 Cotton Bowl. He created versions of Penn State’s Nittany Lion and the University of Memphis Tiger out of Goodyear tires, wrapped around a foam and fiberglass structure. The sculptures weigh about 200 lb each, and used pieces from 400 tires combined.

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.

Metal Animals by Andrew Chase

Metal Animals by Andrew Chase

Utah artist Andrew Chase creates truly impressive metal sculptures of animals, each of which includes, as he puts it “heavy, greasy, and lethally sharp edges.” Many of his creations even have articulated joints, so they can be put into different poses.

3D Drawing a Motorcycle

3D Drawing a Motorcycle

Korean artist Hoo’s Mini World is an expert at creating sculptures using a 3D drawing pen, along with sanding and carving. In this in-depth video, watch as they build an insanely detailed motorcycle model, which took about three months to complete. More images on Instagram.

Do Machines Make Art?

Do Machines Make Art?

The Art Assignment argues that whether it be something as primitive as bones or as advanced as a neural network, there’s always a human touch at the root of all machines used to make art. We like to think of it from the other end: art is unfinished until a human mind ponders it.

Square Wave Spinner

Square Wave Spinner

Designed by Wales-based sculptor Ivan Black, this hypnotic, kinetic plaything is made from 21 interconnected metal rods, which can be spun and twisted to produce visually-stimulating patterns inspired by the Fibonacci sequence. It’s available in silver, gold, bronze, or a limited edition scarlet color. Be sure to watch the video.

Paper Places

Paper Places

Artist Ayumi Shibata creates incredible 3-dimensional works of art by painstakingly cutting and layering sheets of paper into cityscapes, forests, and other locales. Her works are inspired by the impact that humans have on their environments, and range in size from tiny to room-filling.

Galloping LEGO Horse

Galloping LEGO Horse

In this soothing LEGO build video, Jason Alleman of JK Brickworks shows off another one of his awesome kinetic sculptures. Like his others creations, it can be driven by crank or a motor. If you want one for your own desktop, he’s posted the build instructions and a link to buy the bricks on his website.

LEGO Magic Angle Sculptures

LEGO Magic Angle Sculptures

John Muntean shows off his amazing LEGO shadow sculptures, each of which looks like an amorphous blob, but casts shadows of three distinct images as it’s rotated through a beam of light. After DragonButterflyJet, be sure to check out KnightMermaidPirateShip and ABC.

Skull of Skulls Sculpture

Skull of Skulls Sculpture

Looking for something creepy to put up on your bookshelf? This 5″ tall cast plaster skull that’s made up of dozens of smaller skulls and bones is sure to fit the bill. Each one is handmade from extra hard casting powder and reinforced with Herculite. It’s also available unpainted, and there’s a cheaper resin version on Amazon.

Tom and Jerry Mini Sculptures

Tom and Jerry Mini Sculptures

Custom toy maker Taku Inoue has a thing for classic cartoons. Among his works are a series of sculptures inspired by moments of hilarity from Tom and Jerry’s slapstick antics. Some of our favorites are Tom stuffed into a water glass, and the always classic Jerry turning into a wedge of cheese after gulping down the whole thing.

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Giant Metal Scorpion

Giant Metal Scorpion

The scorpions we encounter here in the U.S. are relatively small, but this oversize metal creature measures 8.25″ long. This awesomely creepy creation is made by Thailand artists Kreatworks using recycled automotive and machine parts. Also, it turns out that there are real scorpions that are almost the same size in South Africa.

Rick and Morty 3D Pen Sculpture

Rick and Morty 3D Pen Sculpture

We’ve played around with those 3D drawing pens, and generally just end up with a blobby mess. But 3D Pen Lab is an expert at this creative tool, cranking out some pretty amazing sculptures with the device, like this smooth image of Rick and Morty. It’s creepy as hell during the build process, but the finished result is amazing.

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Annette Labedzki’s paintings are more like temporary sculptures. She molds models of various objects out of thick, frozen layers of paint, then destroys her creations by mixing them down into a new color of paint for a wonderfully soothing type of performance art.

Sculpting Baby Yoda

Sculpting Baby Yoda

Sculptor Dr. Garuda starts out with a hunk of clay and some googly eyes, but eventually ends up with a wonderful miniature statue of everyone’s favorite little guy, the as yet unnamed member of our great Jedi master’s species, lovingly known as Baby Yoda.

Infinite Portal Sculptures

Infinite Portal Sculptures

British/American artist Anthony James creates amazing sculptures which use a series of LED lights and mirrored glass panels to create an illusion of infinite depth inside of 3D polygonal structures. This GIF really captures the illusion well.

Sculpting Stan Lee

Sculpting Stan Lee

Sculptor Steven Richter pays tribute to the late Stan Lee by creating a life-sized bust of the legendary creator of comic books and superheroes. The finished piece is so realistic, we’re thinking it could make a cameo in a Marvel flick.

LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure

LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure

LEGO pays tribute to its iconic minifigure with a 5:1 scale version carved from FSC-certified oak with adjustable plastic hands. The 7″ figure looks great as-is, though its surface encourages customization. Includes a gift box, 29 bricks, and a 28-page minifig history leaflet. Available 11/3/19 to LEGO VIP members, then 11/8 for everyone.

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The Dude Abiding

The Dude Abiding

Dappled Light Studio presents the ultimate take on Jeff Bridges’ character from The Big Lebowski. This urethane resin kit features The Dude achieving zen, enjoying a white russian, a joint, and bowling, while sitting cross-legged on his rug. Assembly and finishing required.

Melting the Wicked Witch

Melting the Wicked Witch

Sculptor Steven Richter has a thing for melting his wax creations after he builds them. This time out, he decided to craft a bust of the Wicked Witch of the West out of crayons, then hit it with a heat gun to put the old bag out of her misery.

Master of Pumpkins

Master of Pumpkins

Ray Villafane knows his way around a pumpkin, having carved some of the most incredible and intricate Jack-o-lanterns ever. In this clip from azcentral, we learn a bit more about the artist, and what it is about the orange squash that inspires him. Each fall, his studio cranks out countless pumpkins for displays around the world.

Sculpting Joker

Sculpting Joker

Are you as excited for the Joker movie as much as we are? Artist Steven Richter celebrates Joaquin Phoenix’s critically-praised performance with yet another amazing sculpt. The finished mini-bust perfectly captures the actor’s demonic smile as he transforms from Arthur Fleck into The Clown Prince of Gotham.

Rolling Ball Sculptures

Rolling Ball Sculptures

Australian artist David Morrell bends metal wire to form roller coaster style tracks, on which marbles spend their days rolling round and round in a perpetual loop. His kinetic sculptures are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and he accepts commission work.

Super Saiyan Sculpting

Super Saiyan Sculpting

An artist from Nghệ Nhân Âu Lạc Woodart Vietnam goes Super Saiyan on a block of wood, carving an impressive sculpture of Dragon Ball’s spiky-haired protagonist Goku. His weapons of choice? A chainsaw, an angle grinder, chisels, and a Dremel rotary tool.

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