Philippines-based artist Patrick Cabral first came to our attention in 2017 for crafting intricate paper-cut portraits of endangered animals. Now, he’s taken his love of paper crafts to another level. This time, his three-part series of animal sculptures are made from MDF (medium-density fibreboard). The stunning designs were created for Starbucks Philippines and include a tiger, an elephant, and a quetzal bird. Each animal represents the region from where the coffee company sources its beans.
Cabral’s multilayered animal portraits look amazing in photographs, but they’re no doubt even more impressive in real life. However, you don’t have to visit the Philippines to marvel at their complex, three-dimensional form—Cabral has turned to digital media to create a 3D photo of his work. Using Facebook's 3D photo rendering platform, online viewers are able to scroll over a photo of Cabral's sculptures to see it from multiple angles and fully appreciate its physical layers and depth.
“My goal is to provide people a new way to experience my work when they are not able to see it in person,” Cabral tells My Modern Met. “I am also trying to see how far a 3D photo can go. Each photo consists of the actual photo and a customized depth map to create the 3D effect.” As viewers scroll over the image with a computer mouse or track pad, details emerge from each piece, showcasing the beauty of their 3D lace patterns.
Scroll down to check out the 3D photos of Cabral’s animal sculptures, and see more from his growing portfolio on his website.