Saturday, 25 January 2014

Flexible paper sculptures by artist Li Hongbo




What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo. A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.













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