Restructuring Cardboard Boxes into Life-Size Objects

Placing your empty cardboard boxes in the recycling bin is one way of effectively dealing with the common material, but artist Chris Gilmour opts to sculpturally mimic objects with them instead. The English sculptor reworks average cardboard boxes to construct incredibly detailed replicas of varied objects ranging in size from a teacup to a grand piano. It’s hard to believe that these are real objects disguised in a cardboard design.

The uncommon medium, though paper-based, seems like a difficult substance to work with because of its stiffness, but you wouldn’t know it looking through Glimour’s portfolio of work. Each piece is brilliantly sculpted and pasted together, making one believe that they can actually hop on his scooter and zoom off. Even the cardboard bicycles have all of their spokes, chains, pedals, and inflated tires.

An added bonus to the artist’s work is the labeling and stickers that were originally on the cardboard boxes that have been left intact. Rather than giving the illusion of realistic objects that have a unicolored scheme, Gilmour reveals the true origins of the material, further perplexing his audience with his astounding ability to repurpose the medium we regularly encounter. Next time you order pizza, think of the artistic possibilities that pizza box can offer.

Chris Gilmour website
via [Beautiful Decay]

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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