Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

Beijing artist Li Hongbo creates these incredible flexible sculptures made of thousands of layers of soft white paper.

The idea comes from traditional Chinese paper decorative technique that can be found in decorations and toys known as ‘paper gourd', made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but when pulled, may be extended into a proper shape.

The artist strategically placed lines of glue to join thousands of paper sheets into units which are then carved into realistic shapes.

Check out the video below, each piece can be pulled and stretched to reveal the individual sheets of paper it comprises.


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