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Incredibly Realistic Animal Sculptures Made of Pipe Cleaners

California-based artist Lauren Ryan skillfully constructs life-like animal sculptures using nothing more than pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems). The bent, curled, and woven into one another to produce these remarkable figurative structures. The fuzzy materials also add to the believable texture of each creature, mimicking the respective animal's fur.

The sculptor's subjects range from a lone wolf and an exotic okapi to a nearly extinct thylacine and the fictional spirit creature known as Okami Amaterasu. Constantly improving on her technique and trying to stray from using additional materials. Ryan says, “I never use glue (to me  that is like cheating), and only occasionally use scissors.” In addition to honing her craft, the self-proclaimed animal lover seeks to represent some of her favorite members of the animal kingdom who are lesser known creatures.

Lauren Ryan: deviantART | Blog
via [Ian Brooks]

All images via Meg Biddle.

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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