Awesome Sculptures

Carving Pencil Tip Sculptures

Carving Pencil Tip Sculptures

Artist Salavat Fidai (Салават Фидаи) creates incredibly detailed sculptures using the sharpened pencil leads as his medium. Among his many miniature creations are Wall-E, the Statue of Liberty, a prancing horse, Big Ben, a violin, and the world’s smallest elephant.

Boom Shaman

Boom Shaman

One of the most beautiful examples of projection mapping we’ve seen. Artist Daniel Popper and his team worked with Wayne Ellis and Afterlife to create this illuminated sculpture for Portugal’s Boom Festival. The sculpture is equally amazing in daylight.

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Full-size LEGO Mustang

Full-size LEGO Mustang

Builders from LEGOLAND Florida Resort created this 1:1 scale model of an original 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang. There’s an underlying aluminum chassis, but it’s still incredible. It recently made its debut at the Mustang Club of America’s 40th Anniversary shindig.

Morgans Mutations

Morgans Mutations

Artist Morgan Loebel makes smartphone cases adorned with gruesome and incredibly detailed monster reliefs at the back. He loves to give them a slimy coating, and some also have pupils that seem to follow your gaze. Contact him on Etsy or Instagram to order.

King Cuts

King Cuts

Artist Mike Leavitt pays homage to 16 of his favorite filmmakers with King Cuts, a collection of quarter-scale sculptures made of wood and polymer clay. Each sculpture combines a filmmaker’s head with a body referencing their movies. Or in Spike Lee’s case, his body.

Nemo Gould: Megalodon

Nemo Gould: Megalodon

Artist Nemo Gould loves to make kinetic sculptures using found objects and handmade components. One of his latest works is Megalodon, a 192″-long robotic shark submarine that he made from an F-94 bomber’s fuel tank, nixie tubes, motors, and other bits.

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Nowness inspects artist Tauba Auerbach’s oversized pop-up book set [2,3]. It consists of six separate volumes, each with one large, complex and arresting pop-up that somehow still folds flat when its folio is closed.

LEGO My Lunch

LEGO My Lunch

Japanese LEGO fanatic Nobu Tary creates amazing sculptures which make the plastic building bricks look good enough to eat. While the burger and bento box look tasty, it’s the slice of everything pizza with gooey LEGO cheese that has us salivating.

Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain

Ben Tardif says he’s been working for over three years on the construction of his complex contraption, a kinetic sculpture that sends marbles on a seemingly endless ride through 25 different environments, along twisty roads, down tiny staircases, and even off a ski jump.

Paul Kaptein’s Sculptures

Paul Kaptein’s Sculptures

Artist Paul Kaptein loves to make hand-carved wooden sculptures that appear to have been artificially distorted, often to bizarre effect. They aim to capture in physical form of potential, possibilities, and the gap between what is and what could be.

Test Tube Sculptures

Test Tube Sculptures

For her series Micro Matter, graphic designer and artist Rosa je Jong creates intricate models of buildings and trees using an X-Acto and tweezers, then sets them gingerly into test tubes and vials. More on Instagram and Dribble. Sculptures start at €120 (~$130 USD).

(Almost) Perpetual Motion Machine

(Almost) Perpetual Motion Machine

Physicists will quickly point out that magnets aren’t truly permanent, and energy is never truly “free,” but that doesn’t make inventor Reidar Finsrud’s wonderful and extraordinarily efficient kinetic sculpture that appears to move on its own forever any less impressive.

Star Wars Shadow Art

Star Wars Shadow Art

In tribute to the release of The Force Awakens, pop artist Red Hong Yi created a series of sculptures which look like disjointed, almost random objects, but when illuminated at just the right angle, they cast shadows of iconic images from the Star Wars universe.

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Fusion Frames

Fusion Frames

Darryl Cox’s surreal art are tree branches that look like they’re growing out of antique picture frames, or vice-versa, made using a combination of sculpting, painting and woodworking. Check out his Etsy shop for available pieces. He also accepts commissions.

Emergence Lab

Emergence Lab

Thomas Medicus’ sculpture Emergence Lab is a translucent cube with six different paintings, each visible only from one of the cube’s sides. The paintings are on 216 strips of acrylic glass, which are arranged in a grid and suspended in silicone oil inside the cube.

Distinct: Micah Ganske

Distinct: Micah Ganske

Micah Ganske’s art is inspired by technology and the future: space stations looming over old factories, a ghost town in an orbital colony, spaceships that form a giant humanoid structure, etc. Video by Alex Amoling and Anchor Light for Distinct Daily.

Where the Shark Bubbles Blow

Where the Shark Bubbles Blow

Wilfried Grootens’ mesmerizing cubes are made of painted glass slides laminated together. The resulting hybrid of painting and sculpture invites you to check it out from different angles. Videos by Norbert Heyl.

Words Can Be Weapons

Words Can Be Weapons

(PG-13) Ogilvy Beijing worked with The Center for Psychological Research, Shenyang to raise awareness on the effects of verbal abuse. The campaign’s centerpieces were sculptures of abusive phrases that could be rearranged to form weapons.

Baron Margo’s Rocket Car

Baron Margo’s Rocket Car

Jalopnik visited Los Angeles-based sculptor Baron Margo, who loves to give vehicles a Space Age makeover. He uses handmade parts as well as bits and bobs from junkshops and flea markets. The car in the video is based on a VW Beetle.

The Cardboard Lexus

The Cardboard Lexus

Lexus UK worked with design agency NVDK, Laser Cut Works, and Scales & Models to create a full-scale, driveable replica of the Lexus IS sedan, using from 1700 laser-cut pieces of cardboard. We’re guessing it’s not as much fun to drive as the actual IS, but it’s still really cool.

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Japan’s Straw Monsters

Japan’s Straw Monsters

Every year, Japan’s Niigata Prefecture takes leftover straw from the rice harvest into art. The Wara Art Festival showcases these impressive creations, which take the form of huge animals and monsters. Photos by @amymauscd, @kiyukatawani, and @waraartmatsuri.

Scrap Wood Creature Sculptures

Scrap Wood Creature Sculptures

Thomas Dambo creates awe-inspiring beasts from scrap wood and junk. The imposing Olav the Wolf appeared for a brief time, then was burned to the ground. Most of his works can be found in Denmark, but one of our faves is in Puerto Rico.

Buried Library

Buried Library

Susanna Hesselberg’s sculpture When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down was inspired by a line from Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End. (Photos by Clyde Yee and Claire Voon.)

Spinning Daggers

Spinning Daggers

Artist Benjamin Ducroz created a series or small wooden sculptures from layers based on sine and triangle waves. When spun, they work like zoetropes, resulting in some trippy, morphing organic shapes.

Monkey Lamps

Monkey Lamps

Mischievous meets creepy in Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba’s Monkey Lamps. The lamp has a 4W LED bulb, a white resin body and comes in three variants: sitting, standing and hanging. Available soon from Seletti.

Star Wars x Madame Tussauds

Star Wars x Madame Tussauds

The wax figure makers of Madame Tussauds London have launched one of their most impressive exhibitions ever, a collection of insanely accurate sculptures of characters from the Star Wars saga, set into detailed backdrops.

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