Pure White Paper

Li Hongbo’s sculptures will make you look twice.  First glance you think they are carved from hard stone, but look again…Hongbo’s sculptures are nothing more than thousand’s of pieces of paper glued together![image_border img=”http://www.ripleys.com/weird/files/2013/02/flexible-paper-sculptures-li-hongbo-2.jpg” caption=”” pos=”center” border=”true” buffer=”true” /]

Hongbo got his inspiration from Chinese paper toys that become unique shapes when they are pulled.  He brought a few of  the toys home and experimented to see how they worked.

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The bust shown here is made from over 30,000 pieces of delicate paper glued together.  He then uses an electric saw to carve the human shape.

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Besides being an accomplished artist,  Hongbo is also a book editor and designer. He likes to juxtapose a stretched piece next to a still piece to show “the endless possibilities of paper.”

Watch the video posted at the top of the blog.  The pieces in movement is amazing!

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