These Flexible Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind

Above: The incredible statues are made entirely out of manipulated paper
Above: The incredible statues are made entirely out of manipulated paper

Late last year, an extremely trippy video made its rounds on social media. The otherworldly clip was shot in a sterile museum setting, and showcased an incredible reality-bending sculpture. At first glance, of course, nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary: a classic-looking bust was placed onto a pedestal and appeared to be made of solid materials. Within a few seconds however, the head was manipulated to bend like a melted block of cheese. Needless to say, upon viewing the thing, our minds were promptly blown. Take a peek at the video below, courtesy of Twitter.

Upon further investigation, we discovered that the sculpture was not only 100% real, but it was also just one of many pieces to feature the same cutting-edge design. Along with the famous Greek statue, there were a ton of other cool vases and busts out there in the art world, and every single one of these psychedelic effigies has us scratching our heads.

The pieces are the work of a Bejing-based artist named, Li Hongbo. The 43-year-old master has been pushing the boundaries of design for many years now, and has gained the respect of his peers through these impressive creations. While the sculptures appear to be made of marble, they’re actually crafted out of paper and glue. The intricacy of how the two materials are placed allow for flexible movability, which could be straight out of a deleted sequence from The Matrix.

Hongbo’s creations have made him world-renowned, and have been surprising museum attendees for a number of years. To get a closer look at it all, watch an amazing close up profile of the sculptures below. Trust us, they’re all equally amazing.

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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