Archived Articles: Sculpture & Craft

From public works to private masterpieces, here are some of the most beautiful, strange, surreal and sublime sculptures and crafts in the world.

Church for Crabs: Architectural 3D-Printed Hermit Shell

A hermit crab scuttles along the sand, carrying a perfect replica of a Japanese wedding chapel on its back, complete with a tiny spire. After designing a ...

Tree of 40 Fruit: Fresh Interview with Nature’s Master Grafter

Seven years into his experiments, the living artworks of Sam Van Aken are bearing far more than just fruit, each new variant of the Tree of 40 Fruit building ...

Lead Finger: Incredible Miniatures Carved Out of Pencil Tips

Eagle feathers, the folds on Yoda’s robe and individual bricks on iconic buildings are among the impossibly tiny details captured in pencil lead by ...

Past Preserved in Paper: Miniatures Document Gentrification

Today, that charming old brick building on the corner might be a market where you can still grab a six-pack at a decent price; within mere months, it could be ...

Paper People: Hand-Cut Zig-Zag Photorealistic Portraits

Tiny slivers are sliced away from a single, oversized sheet of white paper in a zig-zag pattern to reveal portraits of public figures, from Audrey Hepburn to ...

Art Made Flesh: 35 Sculptures Rendered in Human Skin & Hair

Do these fleshy works of art manipulating human body parts into unnatural shapes make you uncomfortable? That’s probably just what the artist was going for. ...

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Waffle Walls and Brains Made of Bread: 24 Edible Creations

Who can take a hamburger, shape it into a Nike Air Max shoe? Clad the walls in waffles and paint with chocolate syrup, too? These artists can, and their edible ...

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Electronic Autopsy: 24 Sculptures Made of Computer Parts

Art made of salvaged circuit boards and other computer parts put what is normally hidden on full display in a sort of autopsy of our consumerist society, ...

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Ephemeral Architecture: 27 Paper Buildings & Pavilions

A study in opposites, paper architecture renders what is normally solid and durable in delicate, temporary form, whether recreating intricate silhouettes of ...

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Beautiful Bacteria: Infectiously Intricate Paper Cut Art

Few people outside of research scientists are quite so well-acquainted with the bacteria that grows inside the human body as artist Rogan Brown, who spends up ...

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