Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo

What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo lih1

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo papare sculptures

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo li hongbo made of paper 06

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo 2691

A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo Li Hongbo Flexible Paper Sculptures 01

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo img1

“What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Li Hongbo.”  Bizarre paper sculptures by Li Hongbo Li Hongbo 5

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