Awesome Sculptures

Paper Cross-Sections

Paper Cross-Sections

Lisa Nilsson’s Tissue Series are surprisingly realistic cross-sections of the human body made only using rolled and shaped strips of paper, a technique also known as quilling. More here and here.

Carved Tire Art

Carved Tire Art

Belgian artist Wim Delvoye took thick rubber car and truck tires, and carved intricate patterns into their sides and treads, creating stunning works of art from otherwise discarded junk.

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Carved Book Landscapes

Carved Book Landscapes

Among the many talents of Guy Laramee is sculpting. His projects Biblios and The Great Wall are made of thick tomes carved into landscapes, from mountains to canyons to ancient temples.

Lamps by Evil Robot Designs

Lamps by Evil Robot Designs

Arresting lamps with bases sculpted from old toys and action figures. Each lamp is given a monochrome coating and a high gloss lacquer. You can also have your own toys converted into lamps.

Dice Sculptures

Dice Sculptures

German artist Tony Cragg has created these amazing flowing organic sculptures, using thousands of individual plastic dice as his primary medium. Just don’t try to roll them – it won’t work.

Gears of War Chainsaw Carving

Gears of War Chainsaw Carving

Artist Griffon Ramsey carves out the Gears of War logo from a tree trunk using a chainsaw in this fitting tribute to the third game in the series. Music is Martha Marin’s cover of Heron Blue.

Recycled Cars

Recycled Cars

These full-scale replicas of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Porsche Spyder and an Auto Union grand-prix racer were made entirely from old car parts and scrap metal by Giganten Aus Stahl.

LEGO Trump Tower

LEGO Trump Tower

Sean Kenney used 65,000 bricks to create this 10′ replica of Chicago’s Trump Tower. He emulated the reflectivity of windows by using clear bricks with several layers of blue and white bricks underneath.

Radioactive Control

Radioactive Control

Street art duo Luzinterruptus use light and dark to create their pieces. These 100 illuminated, hazmat-wearing scarecrows urge viewers to think about the ever present and grave risks of nuclear power.

Slate Sculptures

Slate Sculptures

These unreal sculptures are the work of UK artist Stephen Kettle, who creates them using thousands of slivers of stone slate, cut and placed precisely to form figures, animals and more.

MÖBIUS Stop-Motion Sculpture

MÖBIUS Stop-Motion Sculpture

While the average person passing this geometric green sculpture might admire its looks, they would have no idea that it was actually slowly changing form, unless they saw this final stop-motion film.

Stacked Puzzles

Stacked Puzzles

If you’re a neat freak you’re going to love Michael Johansson’s work. He loves to stack objects into neatly packed and color-coded arrangements, sometimes even filling odd spaces with his stacks.

Andrea Chénier Opera Set

Andrea Chénier Opera Set

The Bregenz Festival has been creating floating opera sets since 1946, but this set for Umberto Giordano’s thriller takes the cake, with a huge bust floating in the waters of Austria’s Lake Constance.

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Hair Castles

Hair Castles

Agustina Woodgate used human hair to create two medieval structures. She molded the hair into bricks to create the Tower, while she combined them into massive clumps for the Sand Castle.

Kinetic Wave Sculptor

Kinetic Wave Sculptor

We’ve featured an installation from Reuben Margolin before, but this profile from MAKE: Television gives us all the more reason to praise his mesmerizing techo-kinetic wave sculptures.

Villafranca Fantasy/Sci-Fi Statues

Villafranca Fantasy/Sci-Fi Statues

Steampunk? Check. WOW-esque fantasy? Check. Old-school Sci-fi? Big check. Californian artist Vincent Villafranca’s cast sculpture work appeals to all sides of your most base nerd.

BMW Art Car Collection

BMW Art Car Collection

Now you can view and learn more about each of the 17 “works of art on wheels” of the legendary BMW Art Car collection online, from Andy Warhol’s BMW M1 to Olafur Eliasson’s H2R prototype.

Err

Err

Jeremy Hutchison wrote to manufacturers that mass produce items and ordered one of their products, with a special request: let one of their workers deliberately screw it up. More at the link.

Airigami

Airigami

Artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle have developed the unique art of “airigami”, which they describe as a combination of sculpture, puppetry and origami. Check out their website to see more.

Möbius Ship

Möbius Ship

Ship in a bottle? Pfff. Tim Hawkinson’s Möbius Ship twists in upon itself, a visual metaphor for Moby Dick‘s Capt. Ahab’s all-consuming obsession with the titular whale.

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Calvin Nicholls’ Paper Sculptures

Calvin Nicholls’ Paper Sculptures

Great photography and lighting play a part in bringing out the beauty of Calvin Nicholls’ paper sculptures, but most of the beauty comes from what he can do with just paper and a scalpel.

The Metropol Parasol

The Metropol Parasol

Designed by Jurgen Mayer H. and located in Seville, Spain, it’s the world’s largest wooden structure. Its sweeping forms are captured in these photos by Fernando Alda and David Franck.

New Reliquaries

New Reliquaries

Al Farrow uses ammunition and firearms to make amazing religious sculptures, such as miniature churches, mosques, synagogues. Pictures taken by Meighan O’Toole; more at her Flickr page.

Casualties of War

Casualties of War

Inspired by an article by Dave Philipps published in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Dorothy used a medium that glamorizes war and violence to reveal the darker reality that soldiers live through.

Myeongbeom Kim Sculptures

Myeongbeom Kim Sculptures

Many of Myeongbeom Kim’s creations combine man-made objects and places with items from nature, creating a tension that should be hard to experience but somehow ends up being beautiful.

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