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Cartoon Character Skeletons

South Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee (may have forgotten to pay his hosting fees) assumes the roles of an osteologist in his series of sculptures where he imagines what may lie beneath the skins of famous cartoon characters.

In Animatus, Lee uses a combination of real animal bones and synthetic ones to create anatomical structures of Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Goofy, Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote, and others. The skeletal remains of the characters are surprisingly easy to identify, have a look at them after the jump.

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Amazing Wood-Chip Sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

You might not believe it, but what looks like taxidermied animals are in fact made from completely from wood chips. Russian school teacher Sergei Bobkov cuts chips from the Siberian cedar to create wonderfully detailed sculptures of birds and animals.

To make the plummage for his bird sculptures, he cuts the wood chips from a cedar stick and soaks them in water for several days. He then rolls them into the shape of a feather. It’s a labour-intensive project and Bobkov spents up to six months to produce a sculpture. Have a look at some of his creations after the jump.

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Intricate Cardboard Sculptures Created by Algorithms

Oh my, maths can indeed be pretty. As an architect and programmer, Michael Hansmeyer uses mathematics a great deal in his life, saying that however complex a task may be, there is an algorithm that can describe it. And through CAD applications and various digital fabrication processes, algorithms can not only be visualized but they can be built. And this is what Hansmeyer did. He created a model of a Greek column and then applied an algorithm to it to enhance the details.

Hansmeyer’s intricately detailed model contained several million faces which standard 3D printers can’t handle so he resorted to a manual, pain-staking method of making his subdivided columns a reality.

The result is a 3D model with between 8 and 16 million faces, but 3D printers can only handle half a million, so Hansmeyer needed an alternative solution to transform his creations from virtual to physical reality. He sliced the column into 2700 pieces and used a laser cutter to create each slice from 1mm-thick cardboard, then reconstructed the column by layering the slices together with a solid wooden core. The whole process only cost $1500 and took about 15 hours, with three laser cutters working in parallel.

Have a look at his incredible cardboard sculptures that he built after the jump.

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Intricate Salt Labyrinths

For the past decade, incredibly patient Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto has been creating the most intricate mazes from an unlikely medium. As a tribute to the life of his sister who died of cancer in 1994, Yamamoto spends hours upon hours using a plastic squeezy bottle to create beautiful labyrinthine patterns from household salt.

In an interview with Hi-Fructose, Yamamoto explains the use of salt in his memorial artwork.

Salt seems to possess a close relation with human life beyond time and space. Moreover, especially in Japan, it is indispensable in the death culture. After my sister’s death, what I began to do in order to accept this reality was examine how death was dealt with in the present social realm. I posed several related themes for myself such as brain death or terminal medical care and picked related materials accordingly. I then came to choose salt as a material for my work. This was when I started to focus on death customs in Japan.

… Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by. However, what I sought for was the way in which I could touch a precious moment in my memories, which cannot be attained through pictures or writings.

Have a look at his salt labyrinths after the jump.

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Shinichi Maruyama’s Amazing Water Sculptures

Born in Nagano Japan but working in New York City, photographer Shinchi Maruyama makes art with materials of a transient nature. Using a combination of high-speed strobe light photography and water, Maruyama creates beautiful sculptures that are here one moment and gone the next. The following video shows this spontaneous process.

Maruyama is also famous for his “Kusho”, another series of liquids in motion. For this, he flung a type of calligraphy ink into the air and photographed the abtract forms created. This video is also lacking a soundtrack so feel free to imagine “Intro” by The XX is playing in the background.

And have a look at some of his images after the jump.

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Wonderful Paper Artworks

There is paper craft and then there is paper art. Self-taught Korean artist Cheong-ah Hwang makes the most wonderfully intricate sculptures entirely out of paper, it’s quite unlike anything we’ve seen before. From her set of delicate hummingbirds to colourful scenes to paper versions of some popular super heroes, her creations are beautiful to behold. Have a look at some of her paper artworks after the cut.

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Welcome to Mikroworld

The works of artist Sam Buxton really do stand out. He creates fantastic little dioramas from a flat sheet of thin stainless steel. The laser-cut designs can be folded up and out to reveal an intricate, miniature scene. His Mikroworld series contains lush gardens, work spaces, and even a trip to the moon, and the attention to detail in each piece is quite amazing.

Each of the designs is packed flat and comes with instructions that enable you to erect it. Have a look at some of his distinctive fold-up metal structures after the jump.

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AJ Fosik’s Amazing Animal Sculptures

AJ Fosik’s animal sculptures are truly striking and remind me of the Sri Lankan devil masks that are used in dances to ward off evil spirits. What initially looked like papercraft to me is in fact wood and Fosik is able to work wonders with the material. He uses wood, paint, nails, and minimal help from his computer to create some very colourful, intricate, and hypnotic 3D pieces. Have a look at them after the jump.

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Tiny Pencil Tip Carvings

When art is concerned, Dalton Ghetti gets right down to the point. A carpenter by trade, Ghetti has been carving intricate sculptures on tips of regular graphite pencils for over 25 years. He once spent two and half years working on a single sculpture, a pencil with interlinking chains.

Ghetti uses a few basic tools and doesn’t even need a magnifying glass to aid in his creation process. Have a look at his amazing work after the jump.

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Bizarre Steampunk Taxidermy

Well this is a touch bizarre. To make her art, Australian-born Lisa Black combines the medical practice of taxidermy with the aesthetics of steampunk. It’s a rather unusual combination and it’s really amazing to see these broken, taxidermied animals whose missing parts have been replaced with little gears and screws, like the innards of a vintage clock.

In her interview with YouBentMyWookie, Black explains her motivation behind her art pieces – she believes in transhumanism which is a movement that believes in the use of modern technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics. Black tries to applies those ideologies to her animal creations.

In situations like these, I think pictures do tell a thousand words. Have a look at some of her steampunk taxidermy after the jump.