Awesome Sculptures

Sculpting Freddie Mercury

Sculpting Freddie Mercury

Watch as artist Juliana LePine painstakingly sculpts an incredibly detailed clay sculpture of musician Freddie Mercury in one of his most iconic and victorious poses. We had no idea that sculptors started by building a skeleton before applying the skin and other details.

Life-size Unicorn Gundam

Life-size Unicorn Gundam

Darwinfish105 has been capturing eye-popping images of the new giant Mobile Suit Unicorn Gundam statue being erected outside of DiverCity Mall in Tokyo’s Odaiba district. The statue is the second Gundam to stand on the spot after the first one was dismantled last year.

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Game of Thrones Character Busts

Game of Thrones Character Busts
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Artist Clete Shields makes hand-painted resin cast sculptures in a caricature style that nicely accentuate facial features. Her latest sculptures are busts of the characters from Game of Thrones. Each bust is limited to 13 pieces.

Open Mind Series

Open Mind Series

Made by the ever imaginative sculptor Johnson Tsang, the Open Mind Series are ceramic busts depicting physical manifestations of concepts bursting forth from one’s mind. His previous series, Lucid Dream, has a similar conceptual approach.

Sculpting The Legend of Zelda’s Link

Sculpting The Legend of Zelda’s Link

Sculpture_Geek’s latest project is a clay bust of Link – hero of time, wielder of the Triforce of Courage, and boy of few words. The actual sculpting doesn’t start until 1:25 in, but it’s worth watching from beginning to end if you’re a fan of the series.

Technological Mandalas

Technological Mandalas

Glitchcatcher. Artist Leonardo Ulian’s Technological Mandalas are large mandalas made of electronic components such as computer chips, capacitors and solder. You can see more of his work on his website and Instagram account.

Moerkey Sculptures

Moerkey Sculptures
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Australian artist Moerkey creates sculptures using recycled keys, coins, and copper as his primary media. While the skull, bowl, and wine bottle designs are very cool, there’s something about the giant sphere of keys that catches our eye. His smallest spheres are nifty too.

Trash into Transformers

Trash into Transformers

Great Big Story introduces us to Yu Zhilin and his son Yu Lingyun, both of whom are skilled at metalwork. Along the way, they found they had an affinity for building giant Transformers out of scrap parts from old cars. More recently, they started building amazing original designs.

A Continuous Shape

A Continuous Shape

“Once you start carving, there’s no hard and fast rules.” Eyes & Ears spent 3 weeks with stone carver Anna Rubincam as she worked on a new piece. Anna has that headstrong look in her eyes that those of us who have yet to find our paths find intimidating and envious.

Warhol Invisible Sculpture Diorama

Warhol Invisible Sculpture Diorama
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In 1985, Andy Warhol made a satirical performance artwork by standing briefly on a plinth then walking away, leaving a lit but otherwise empty platform. Kidrobot tips its hat to this commentary on celebrity culture with this light up model.

Rubin Eynon: Gallos

Rubin Eynon: Gallos

Half-man, half-legend. Rubin Eynon made this stunning 8ft-tall bronze sculpture for the Duchy of Cornwall. Gallos – Cornish for “power” – stands on a cliff near Tintagel Castle, a tourist site popular for its association with the legends of King Arthur and his knights.

Watch Part Dunnys

Watch Part Dunnys

Watch collector-turned-artist Dan Tanenbaum customized Kidrobot’s iconic Dunny vinyl figure by attaching watch parts to its head and body. Each piece is a one-off and took 20 to 30 hours to complete. Most of them are sold out, but they’re priced like expensive watches anyway.

AeroBull XS1 & HD Speakers

AeroBull XS1 & HD Speakers
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These bespectacled bulldogs not only look cool, but they sound awesome too. The 12″ tall Aerobull XS1 a pair of 1.2″ mids and a 2.5″ subwoofer, while his big dog brother the 26″ tall AeroBull HD rocks two 2″ full-range drivers, a 5.25″ sub, and a bone-shaped remote.

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M.A.D. Gallery Nixie Machine II

M.A.D. Gallery Nixie Machine II
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For the 5th anniversary of MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery, industrial designer Frank Buchwald teamed up with nixie tube specialist Dalibor Farny for an updated version of Buchwald’s incredible Nixie Machine. The steel and brass clock can be tuned manually or online via Wi-Fi.

Preschool Toys for Grown-ups

Preschool Toys for Grown-ups

Steve Casino is best known for his awesome sculptures of pop culture figures made from peanuts. But he also has created a series of awesome pull toys. While we might let kids play with Jimi Hendrix, the bloody Evil Dead one is definitely for big kids only. (Thanks Ed!)

3D Card Star

3D Card Star
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A unique and puzzling desk sculpture you can build from a dozen pre-cut playing cards to form a 5.5″ tall starburst. Professor George W. Hart figured out the geometry to make it work. Learn more about his mathemagical card sculptures here.

Building a Matchstick House

Building a Matchstick House

The Q shows us how to build a structurally-sound miniature house entirely out of wooden matchsticks, without any glue, then proceeds to burn it to the ground. Build one for yourself, and you’ll feel like a god as you control the fate of your tiny architectural creation.

Making Robots from Soda Cans

Making Robots from Soda Cans

ApolloCrowe from Carbide 3D uses one of their Nomad desktop CNC machines to slice up soda cans, and transforms them into parts for a pair of robot sculptures. There’s a lot of handwork involved after the aluminum is cut, but it’s still cool to watch the machine work its magic.

Elia: A Frustrating Work of Art

Elia: A Frustrating Work of Art

Ingvar Cronhammar’s sculpture Elia squats on a field in the arts and trade city of Herning in Denmark. True to Cronhammar’s style, Elia is futuristic yet primitive, imposing yet alluring, and stoic yet bothersome. It emits a flame on random occasions and amplifies thunder.

Life-sized Balloon T-rex

Life-sized Balloon T-rex

Balloon artist Mark Verge aka Jungle Jack shows Coolest Thing his masterpiece: a 12ft-tall and 43-ft long balloon T-rex. Mark usually spends around 40 hours and nearly 700 balloons to make the piece, which lasts only about 2 days at a time.

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Bane Premium Format Collectible

Bane Premium Format Collectible
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Sideshow Collectibles nailed it with this badass 23″ tall sculpt of Batman’s muscular nemesis, standing proudly atop a crushed Batsignal beneath his size 20 lace-up, and injects green super-steroids into his bloodstream. We love the angry alternative head baring his chompers.

Sculpt-Off

Sculpt-Off

YouTuber Anuja de silva shared this friendly competition between sculptors and professors Sarath Chandrajeewa and Cao Chang Xu. They stood side-by-side and tried to make a portrait sculpture of each other in just 10 minutes.

Coin Stack Sculptures

Coin Stack Sculptures

Japanese artist @thumb_tani uses his skills to create fascinating – and sometimes impossible seeming – non-permanent structures by delicately stacking and interlocking coins and other small objects. You can watch the coinmaster at work on video here.

Larger-than-life Samurai Sculpture

Larger-than-life Samurai Sculpture
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Thailand sculptor Mari9art’s incredible build is made from recycled car parts and scrap steel. It measures 2.2m tall (~7.2 ft), and includes free door-to-port shipping, though getting it to your house might be a challenge from there. His lifesize T-Rex is even more mindblowing.

Strawzilla

Strawzilla

To celebrate the fall harvest in Japan, a group of more than 100 volunteers worked tirelessly to build this awesome straw sculpture of Godzilla. It measures 7m (~23 ft.) tall, with a 10m (~33ft) long tail, a light-up head and tail, and looks like its ready to stomp these kids. (Images: Jcast)

Clock Clock 24

Clock Clock 24

You can now take home Humans Since 1982’s mesmerizing mega clock. For those not familiar with Clock Clock 24, it’s a functional sculpture that uses 24 small analog clocks to display the time in digits. You can adjust its movement between minimal, medium or elaborate.

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