Li Hongbo’s incredible, flexible paper sculptures

Li Hongbo skullWe hurried to post today’s discovery because it’s of some truly unique and beautiful work. Beijing artist Li Hongbo makes sculptures our of thousands of layers of soft, white paper. There’s a history in China of traditional decorations called “paper gourds” made from glued layers of paper that lay flat, but can be opened into a shape. Hongbo, whose background includes designing books, began to apply the paper gourd idea to the human form, resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
He recently showed his work at the Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia. Fortunately, the gallery thought to create the videos below, because otherwise the effect of the sculptures are lost in still photos.
Li Hongbo bust

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