Technique: Cardboard Art

Don’t know about Chris Gilmour’s cardboard art? Neither did I, but this is some pretty amazing stuff. The above photograph titled “BIKES” is at a 1:1 scale, and as you can see there is no shortage of detail. He uses standard cardboard to create his amazing life-like sculptures. Probably one of most impressive things about Gilmour’s work is that his craft is not accomplished with the aid of a machine, but rather true sculptural technique.

Why post this on a DIY site? Well there is a lot to be learned from Gilmour’s craft. In an age of 3-D printers and CNC machines, our ability to conceptualize and simply build a model from simple materials is being lost. Trial and error through conceptual model making is becoming a thing of the past. Yet when I see Gilmour’s work I see an idea from start to finish, especially through his understanding of scale and interpretation of material. So the next time you’re working on a new concept, sit down, sketch and build that scale model.


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