By using thousands of sheets of flexible paper that twist and elongate, Li Hongbo creates striking paper art. His works include unconventional figurative sculptures and folk symbols. While studying sculpture as a student, Li Hongbo often found himself instructed to recreate classical masterpieces. He soon realized that the public’s perception of a sculpture is more or less common, that “viewers immediately assumed anything mimicking the form was bound to be a porcelain-like replica of the original“.
Li Hongbo thus decided to challenge the general perception, by inviting viewers to experience paper and sculpture in a revolutionary way:. Here is more information, as dispensed by Klein Sun: “With a technique influenced by his fascination with traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds—made from glued layers of paper—Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures. Utilizing his expert knowledge of paper’s natural strengths and weaknesses, the artist has transformed the media to stretch, twist, elongate and retract as if it were a giant slinky“. Have a look at the video at the end of the post to better understand the artist’s work!