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Stretch your Imagination with Li Hongbo’s Paper Sculpture

by . July 18th, 2014

Chinese artist Li Hongbo stretches a paper sculpture work on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese sculptor Li Hongbo makes sculpture some unique sculptures. Born and raised by a simple farming family, at a young age Li found himself attached to paper. He discovered the flexible nature of paper from Chinese paper toys and lanterns. At first, I thought these were just the usual stone sculptures, but my perspective suddenly changed once he stretchered it up, pulled and twisted.

Li uses stencil to paste and glue narrow strips across large pieces of paper, he then sticks together to form blocks of 500. He stacks the blocks to the desired height. An average bust is over ten blocks or 5,000 sheets of paper high, then he cuts, chisels and sands the large block just as if it were a piece of soft stone.

Chinese artist Li Hongbo uses an iron needle to remove dust from a paper sculpture work on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6000 pieces of paper, on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, made of 6,000 pieces of paper, on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese artist Li holds one of his paper sculptures at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese artist Li shows 500 pieces of paper, which are pasted with hollows, as the material for his paper sculptures on the outskirts of Beijing

Li shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while raising it at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese artist Li Hongbo stretches a paper sculpture work on the outskirts of Beijing

“A gun is solid, used for killing, but I turned it into a tool for play or for decoration. In this way, it lost both the form of a gun, and the culture inherent to a gun. It became a game”

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A combination picture shows Chinese artist Li Hongbo playing a paper sculpture of gun on outskirts of Beijing

Find out more of his amazing paper sculptures in his website page and you can also follow him on Facebook.

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