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.