Li Hongbo – Pure White Paper

 

 Sculptures Made from “Pure White Paper”

 

 

Every now and then you stumble upon the remarkable. Something so rare and extraordinary it transforms the way you view art. Chinese artist Li Hongbo certainly does this as we watch him create smooth white sculptures out of paper to resemble skulls, trees, humans, and more. His work is has an eery and somewhat mystical feel.

 The artist’s main material was originally thought to be marble or ceramic, but on closer inspection you will notice that his material of choice is plain white paper. He transforms it before our eyes leaving the audience’s eyes wide open and as well as their jaws.  Using elaborate folding and layering techniques, the artist uses paper and glue to create sculptures from thousands of layers of thin, plain white paper. When picked up and moved, the sculptures are expandable and flexible, while when left to stand, they reveal their full, completed shape, giving the appearance of a solid strong structure.

 

 

 

 

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  3 comments for “Li Hongbo – Pure White Paper

  1. Floble art
    March 4, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I saw in live one of his exhibitions in Hong Kong and its amazing the way he works paper, I could not imagine until then how strong and flexible can it be. Great artist! and great website! Thanks

  2. Angel Jimenez Nuñez
    February 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Wow. Es impresionante. Los nuevos artistas asiaticos como Li Hongbo estan haciendo maravillas ultimamente. Me ha encantado este blog. Gracias ;)

  3. Wthapencil
    February 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    This is one of the coolest things ive seen in a very long time. Such imagination, great job

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