Awesome Sculptures

Carving Baby Groot

Carving Baby Groot

Groot is made from wood and leaves, so it only makes sense that a sculpture of Baby Groot should be made from the real deal. Lignum started out with the stump of an old catalpa tree, and proceeded to sculpt it into Guardians of the Galaxy’s adorable little dude.

Sculpting a Demogorgon

Sculpting a Demogorgon

Watch as sculptor LoreCraft transforms a hunk of styrofoam, clay, mesh, and paints into a detailed bust of the nightmare-inducing demogorgon from Stranger Things. Those teeth still get us every time. Oh, and watch the volume on your speakers at 5:00.

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Building the Kelpies

Building the Kelpies

A few years back, we saw breathtaking images of The Kelpies, a pair of 98-foot-tall horse sculptures in Falkirk, Scotland. Now you can see how they came together in this wonderful time-lapse by Walid Salhab, who captured over 120,000 individual images to complete the film.

That But Smaller

That But Smaller

Sergio Jauregui makes detailed miniatures of buildings and other urban objects out of particle board and discarded electronics. Amazingly, he’s been doing this only for a few months, picking up the basics by studying theatrical set design. He’s also open to commissions.

Loop Marble Run

Loop Marble Run

Fashion brand COS teamed up with the awesomely-named Snarkitecture to build an epic marble track in Seoul, Korea, consisting of over 1300 feet of suspended track, on which white glass marbles roll. The ride culminates with each marble ending up in a massive pile.

Resident Evil Nemesis Pumpkin Carving

Resident Evil Nemesis Pumpkin Carving

Sculpture_Geek usually works with clay. But his Halloween episode sees him make a portrait of Resident Evil‘s Nemesis out of a pumpkin. He put a lot of effort on his opening sequence, but you can skip to 1:58 if you just want to watch him at work.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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