THE BEST Sculptures

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.

The Drone that Cannot Fly

The Drone that Cannot Fly

Making drones out of lightweight materials is a must if you want them to fly. But Motores Patelo went the opposite direction, and created a flightless drone out of metal. Sadly, he couldn’t record the whole build due to the lockdown, but the finished piece is still amazing… and could easily take off a finger.

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Sculpting Homelander

Sculpting Homelander

If you watch The Boys, you know that Homelander is a serious egomaniac. So we imagine that he’d be thrilled that artist Dr. Garuda decided to make this picture-perfect clay sculpture to show off his Aryan good looks, all-American costume, and killer red eyes. Though Homie would prefer a towering 30-foot-tall sculpture of himself.

Hammer Hits Nail Steel Business Card Holder

Hammer Hits Nail Steel Business Card Holder

Fred Conlon’s whimsical metalwork is all over SLC, especially his mischievous monsters made from industrial scrap and old tools. “Proudly made in the USA from worldwide junk” is the Sugarpost motto. He really nailed it with office supplies like a pliers pen cup, wrench desk caddy, and Hammer Hits Nail business card holder.

Insane Joker Bust

Insane Joker Bust

Dǒuyīn (TikTok in China) user Taogeceping posted this brief footage of an incredible sculpture of Joaquin Phoenix’s take on The Joker. Not only is the front of the bust incredibly realistic, but it also features a surprise when you walk around to its back. We’d love to know who the artist is so we can give credit where it’s due.

Pointilist Dog Wall Sculptures

Pointilist Dog Wall Sculptures

Artist Yoni Alter creates these awesome abstract pointillist portraits of dogs by printing colorful circles onto a wooden silhouette in the shape of a dog. They come in a variety of breeds, and limited-edition art prints are available for each dog as well. We also love his 3D-printed bearded collie miniatures.

Making a Magnet Cuboctahedron

Making a Magnet Cuboctahedron

Magnetic Games presents yet another wonderfully satisfying video, in which he uses hundreds of magnetic rods and spheres to create an complicated geometric sculpture. He placed a light at the center of his masterpiece, so it casts interesting shadows as well. After it’s all done, he knocks it down with a catapult.

Air Jordan 1 Jumpman Sculpture

Air Jordan 1 Jumpman Sculpture

Artist Michael Murphy of Perceptual Art designed this mind-blowing sculpture that looks like Michael Jordan’s iconic Jumpman logo when viewed from the front, and a Nike Air Jordan 1 sneaker from the side. A very limited number of the handpainted resin sculptures goes on sale 8.6.20 at 12pm ET at the Perceptual Store.

Giant Castle 3D Print

Giant Castle 3D Print

Most 3D prints we’ve seen are relatively 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 castle that’s over 39″ tall. The print took almost 10 days to complete – with no errors.

The Factory Concrete Marble Maze

The Factory Concrete Marble Maze

Material Immaterial Studio presents a unique piece of interactive tabletop art. Cast from concrete, the diminutive Factory features design elements of Brutalist industrial architecture and incorporates a rolling ball maze. Just roll the tiny steel bearings from its tower, and enjoy the show! Measures 8.07″ W x 4.33″ D x 6.29″ H.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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