Amazingly Flexible Sculptures

Paper skull sculpture by Li Hongbo

Li Hongbo’s paper sculptures are one of the most incredible things I’ve seen of late. I first thought they were Gesso made objects, but then you see a man pulling and twisting each piece like a special-effect movie. The artist uses Honeycomb paper, which is commonly applied for toys and festive decorations in China. And based on those, he makes his own creations by manually cutting, folding, and gluing thousands of sheets in hexagon tubes. This technique allows for the art pieces to become elastic and resilient.

Stretching out paper skull head
Man's head, paper sculpture by Li Hongbo Asian mans head, paper sculpture by Li Hongbo
Photos © Li Hongbo

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