Gallery: Li Hongbo Creates Amazing Flexible Sculptures from Stacks of P...

From a distance, the works of Li Hongbo look like classical sculptures of molded plaster or delicate porcelain, but if you try to pick one of them up, it will stretch apart like a Slinky. That's because Li's 3D sculptures are made entirely from thousands of sheets of paper. In the tradition of the Chinese ‘paper gourd’ technique, which is found in paper toys and decorations, Li carves realistic shapes into stacks of folded paper. As the video below the jump shows, each piece can be pulled and stretched to reveal the individual sheets of paper it comprises.

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