March 31, 2014

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Calum Harbison

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Statues in Motion

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At first glance I’m sure you thought this project by Chinese artist Li Hongbo was an exploration of some complex video editing or Photoshop manipulation. However, the pieces are actually constructed from thousands of folded layers of paper. The paper sculptures may appear to be made from ceramic at first, …

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At first glance I’m sure you thought this project by Chinese artist Li Hongbo was an exploration of some complex video editing or Photoshop manipulation. However, the pieces are actually constructed from thousands of folded layers of paper. The paper sculptures may appear to be made from ceramic at first, with the concertina like structures easily carved to form a huge variety of shapes. Hongbo has an obvious steady hand and a meticulously good eye for detail, allowing him to painstakingly hand-carve the paper sculptures from the thinly stacked paper.

Hongbo was heavily influenced by paper Gourds, a traditional Chinese festival decoration formed of layers of glued sheets of paper. The process of Gourd carving is an evidently similar process to that of Hongbo’s, allowing objects to be pulled and flexed revealing the complex folding technique.

The New York City based production company, Kid Guy Collective, recently showcased Hongbo’s paper sculptures in a surprisingly haunting video (shown below). Shot in slow motion, the video emphasises each movement in an eerie reinterpretation of classical busts.

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All images ©Li Hongbo

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