Anyone who has ever been to a museum has heard the phrase, “Look with your eyes, not with your hands.” Touching art has long been a taboo, often in the form of instructions from a stuffy docent or brusque security guard. Stanchions and velvet ropes, plexiglass cases, and even bulletproof glass protect some of the most valuable works. If you see those, it means, “No seriously, don’t touch this or that brusque security guard is going to tackle you.”
There are, however, some artists whose work begs to be touched. Sometimes it’s designed specifically for that purpose, as with these replicas of famous paintings that were converted into 3-D sculptures for blind patrons to enjoy. Other times it’s really just a compulsive need to prove that your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, like Stefan Pabst’s mind-boggling trompe l’oeil drawings.
Li Hongbo, a Beijing-based sculptor, falls more into the second category. Drawing on the history of his country, he merges Western classical art with his own culture to create incredible statues and busts entirely out of paper. By meticulously gluing sheet after sheet, Li crafts these sculptures to look at first like beautiful, Greek- and Roman-inspired marble statuary. It’s only when the art handlers bedecked in white gloves reveal the stunning surprise of these works that we find out the truth. They’re not made of rigid stone, but fluid, flexible paper.
H/T: Business Insider