Incredible Cardboard: Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make

The word which first comes to mind when observing these new works by Daniel Agdag: meticulous. Already known for an award-winning stop motion film, he has now set his talented hands to the task of creating a series of sculptures: “Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make”. Each astoundingly detailed model is constructed using sliced cardboard and PVA glue – mediums you would hardly associate with such precise work.

What makes these art deco styled pieces even more impressive is the fact that Agdag creates them as what he calls “paper sketches.” Working without a plan he creates each work from spontaneous inspiration, developing them as he goes. When you look at the masses of thin paper wire, switchboards, pulleys and cogs in many of his works – or the fact that when photographed the scenes look as realistic as if they’ve sprung from the screen of a vintage film-noir – this feat is really fantastic.

If you are interested in seeing some of these works in person, Agdag has an exhibition running Oct. 26th to Nov. 9th at Off the Kerb gallery in Melbourne. You can see more of his fascinating work on his website,


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