Paper master Li Hongbo stretches the imagination with a twisted take on traditional sculpting. With what appears to be recreations of carved porcelain masterpieces, the sculptures are in fact entirely comprised of thousands of layers of paper. With a technique influenced by his fascination with traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds – made from glued layers of paper – Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures. New York-based film and video production company Kid Guy Collective have documented the artist’s sculptures at 240 frames per second, capturing even the finest details. If you’d like to see them in person, Hongbo’s sculptures are on display at Klein Sun Gallery in New York City through March 22.

Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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