Awesome Sculptures

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.

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.

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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.

All Things Fall

All Things Fall

A grim 3D printed sculpture and zoetrope inspired by Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents. Sebastian Burdon spent over six months modeling and printing the zoetrope’s more than 350 pieces based on Mat Collishaw’s artwork.

Boneshaker Big Wheel

Boneshaker Big Wheel

Ron “Boneshaker” Schroer’s wooden kinetic sculpture is a mix between a high wheel bicycle and Theo Jansen’s strandbeests. It has mechanical legs with small wheels instead of a single rear wheel.

Wooden Wireframe Sculptures

Wooden Wireframe Sculptures

For his series Drawings in Space, artist Janusz Grünspek created these sculptures which represent wireframes of everyday gadgets, tools and furniture using nothing more than thin sticks of wood, hot glue, and a whole lot of patience.

A Spoon A Day

A Spoon A Day

Product designer Stian Korntved Ruud is trying to hand carve one wooden spoon every day for a year. He usually sketches a design on the way home, then carves it the following day after work. He’s nearly done but he still has lots of ideas.

Hans Haacke: Gift Horse

Hans Haacke: Gift Horse

Temporarily on display at London’s Trafalgar Square, Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse is a 2:1 bronze horse skeleton. The ribbon on its front leg is actually an LED display that shows a live ticker of the London Stock Exchange. More here.

Plane Pieces

Plane Pieces
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Etsy shop Plane Pieces makes lamps, sculptures, tables and other furniture and accessories out of pistons, propellers and other parts from World War II-era aircraft. Items are limited and can be customized with different colors.

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Literally Balling

Literally Balling

A series of handmade basketball rings with stained glass backboards, gold-plated rims and bejewelled nets. Victor Solomon’s Literally Balling started out as a joke, but has turned into a commentary on rich and powerful sports stars.

Miniature W32 Engine

Miniature W32 Engine

José Manuel Hermo Barreiro aka Patelo spent over 2,500 hours to make this miniature hydraulic 32-piston W engine. It’s so balanced and its 850 pieces fit together so precisely that it barely shudders when it runs.

Kanemaki Yoshitoshi’s Sculptures

Kanemaki Yoshitoshi’s Sculptures

Kanemaki Yoshitoshi makes life-size wooden sculptures that confront and visualize the dichotomies of existence: life and death, conflicting emotions and multiple identities. See more of his work on Behance.

Satoshi Araki’s Miniatures

Satoshi Araki’s Miniatures

Satoshi Araki loves to create unbelievably detailed scale models and miniature dioramas, featuring both real world and fictional elements. Spoon & Tamago says he mainly uses styrofoam boards for his sculptures. More here.

Gravity Glue

Gravity Glue

Artist Michael Grab creates beautiful, yet temporary sculptures by precariously balancing found stones upon one another. In this soothing and hypnotic video, he revisits some of the sculptures he created in 2014.

Cat & Mouse Armor

Cat & Mouse Armor

Jeff de Boer makes medieval armor for cats and mice using bronze, silver, copper and leather. He doesn’t make duplicates, but he’s willing to make similar items on commission. He also has a photo book of his armor.

Natural Skateboarding

Natural Skateboarding

Christophe Guinet aka Monsieur Plant loves to use plants in his works, such as turning sneakers into flower pots. One of his newest works is this beautiful skateboard made of a single plank of wood with its bark intact.

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Look Into the Void

Look Into the Void

A group of scientists study a demon frog in a towering laboratory as its fellow creatures look on in this stunning award-winning diorama by Cristoph Blumenthal. Check out his gallery to see just how detailed and alive it looks.

Boeing Custom Hangar

Boeing Custom Hangar

Boeing’s Custom Hangar limited editions store offers sculptures, furniture and other decorative items made of old airplane parts, including ones from the 747, 727, DC9, P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom and B-29 Superfortress.

Floating Building

Floating Building

Designed by Alex Chinneck, Take My Lightning But Don’t Steal My Thunder appears to be a stone building with its upper half suspended in mid-air. The polystyrene structure is actually supported by a thin steel frame at its corners.

Emulsifier

Emulsifier

Mixed media artist Thomas Medicus created this extraordinary sculpture from 160 individual hand-painted glass strips. As you move around the anamorphic object, it transforms into four completely different images. More on Colossal.

The Keyboard of Isolation

The Keyboard of Isolation

In 2012 DDB Shanghai made this awareness campaign about Internet and computer addiction. The ad agency made a keyboard-shaped sculpture showing the likenesses of addicts and their loved ones trapped in the keys.

Roxy Paine: Carcasses

Roxy Paine: Carcasses

Roxy Paine’s collection of highly-detailed wooden sculptures based on machinery – the literal and the intangible ones. They rebel against control and uniformity, concepts that have become associated with machines. More here.

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