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Surreal Animal Sculptures Made of Metallic Branches Pay Homage to the Gifts of Nature

Surreal Animal Sculptures Dong Hyun Kang

Korean artist Kang Dong Hyun creates animal-shaped, metal sculptures that look as though they are formed from delicate tree branches and twigs. However, instead of being sculpted and assembled with organic sources—like the work of traditional hedge artists—Dong Hyun’s animal sculptures are made from industrial material, taking the appearance of metallic shrubbery.

The ethereal works of three-dimensional art portray majestic animals such as lions, elephants, and horses. In one piece, a rhinoceros appears to have grown organically, upwards from its roots-like silvery hooves. In another, a lion’s bushy mane is depicted with a giant nest of sculpted branches. One other piece takes the shape of a stooping, bird-like creature, formed from bronchi-like metal branches, which concentrate along its underside to reveal its angular silhouette.

You can see more of Dong Hyun’s incredible sculptures on Instagram.

Korean artist Kang Dong Hyun creates metal sculptures that look as though they are formed from delicate tree branches and twigs.

Surreal Animal Sculptures Dong Hyun KangMetal Sculptures by Kang Dong HyunMetal Sculptures by Kang Dong Hyun

Although each piece is man-made, they appear to have grown organically, into animal-shaped, metallic shrubbery.

Surreal Animal Sculptures Dong Hyun KangMetal Sculptures by Kang Dong HyunMetal Sculptures by Kang Dong HyunMetal Sculptures by Kang Dong HyunMetal Sculptures by Kang Dong Hyun

When placed outdoors, each sculpture takes on a new life of its own as the sun hits its reflective surface.

Surreal Animal Sculptures Dong Hyun KangKang Dong Hyun: Instagram
h/t: [Lustik]

All images via Kang Dong Hyun.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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