Li Hongbo

Li Hongbo is an amazing Chinese artist who takes the tradition of paper lanterns to an unimaginable extreme. By gluing stacks of paper together (upwards of 20,000 sheets) and carving the stacks as if it is a hunk of wood or marble, he transforms what appears to be solid into slinky like material. The video above explains a bit of his process (very worth the watch). Li  Hongbo is very familiar with paper. He is a book designer and publisher by trade and claims he has always been intrigued by the paper itself.  “Paper—you can never predict what it will become in the end.”

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“Girl” I, 2012, paper, glue, edition of 1, dimensions compounded 58 x 33 x 27 cm

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