Artist Creates Lifelike Sculptures Of Family Friends Out Of Cardboard

  • Warren King began sculpting cardboard to add fantasy to the lives of his children.
Warren King Cardboard Sculptures
via wrnking.com

Christmas was a few weeks ago and I’m still tossing cardboard boxes into recycling. Perhaps I should reconsider putting it out on the curb and turn it all into lifelike sculptures of my neighbors.

Ok, I’m not that talented. Warren King, however, is very talented and his cardboard people creatures are fascinating and amazing.

Here’s his story:

Warren King began sculpting with cardboard as an attempt to add fantasy to the lives of his children, creatively crafting masks and helmets out of the recyclable material. This slowly evolved into a more time-consuming arts practice as King began focusing less time on costumes, and more time making large sculptures of his own.

After a visit to his grandparents’ village in Shaoxing, China, the New York City-based artist felt compelled to more deeply connect with his cultural past. This sparked Grandfather’s Friend, and Arrival Times, a series of life-size cardboard recreations of his ancestors. 

Check out King’s grandfather and his friends.

King’s cardboard sculptures will be shown in the exhibition Art of Asia starting on February 2nd. To see more of his work, check out his Instagram and Flickr accounts.

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