Fantastic Cardboard Sculptures by Devin Drake

Today is Arbor Day, and while the celebration and preservation of trees doesn’t always jive with tree-based cardboard products, we bring you these clever creations from cardboard sculptor Devin Drake to highlight one specific thing: recycling. From a pair of sneakers almost realistic enough to slip on, to an astronauts helmet you actually can wear, Drake creates art from cardboard that would have been wastefully discarded – and that is a very tree-friendly idea.

Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish.

Meet the Tony Stark of Cardboard

Taiwanese student Kai-Xiang Xhong is a cardboard master. He’s been slicing up old boxes and building 3D sculptures that are strikingly realistic (well, besides being obviously made of brown cardboard). His Ironman suit is a prime example. Each detail of the fully articulated suit is reproduced faithfully, right down to the glowing chest plate… and of course, it’s completely recyclable. Beat that Tony Stark.

All the World’s a Stage in these Cardboard Rooms

Art duo Dosshaus is creating a world that is fiber and substance filled, building highly theatrical rooms out of painted cardboard. The black & white monochromatic spaces they make are fascinating studies in the aesthetics of the past. Do they inspire thoughts of Parisian rooftop apartments filled with wild bohemians imbibing absinth in pursuit of the next creative spark? Maybe it’s a passionate writer furiously hitting at typewriter keys while drinking down a whiskey. Either way, it’s a fantastic place to be.

Yesteryear’s Celebs Carved into Recycled Cardboard

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Giles Oldershaw has been creating some seriously interesting portraiture, often ispired by the subjects themseves. In one case he used a old bag to re-create a model’s “craggy baggy face” and in another case used a baked potato! In the last year he’s really been pushing his creativity, this time using everyday cardboard to create impressive portraits of yesteryear’s celebs – from Marlon Brando to Marilyn Monroe.

Massive Cardboard Boombox Brings Beats to Zurich

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Earlier this week we covered the wildly large book sculpture garden of Long-Bin Chen, and now we’re looking at a huge cardboard sculpture by german multi-disciplinary designer Bartek Elsner. Why? Because sometimes, bigger IS better! Here Elsner has created a boombox of monumental size, so large it fills his studio to capacity and dwarfs a DJ mixing beats in front of it. The tightly constructed piece was made as a promotion for Mini at the International Radio Festival in Zurich. It was designed to completely surround a Mini Clubman which acted as the internal sound system, so Elsner created the piece in modular fashion, allowing it to be built up block by block around its automotive counterpart.

Re-Ply: A Stylish, Laminated Chair from Cardboard

San Francisco designer, Dan Goldstein used to play with paper and make origami; now he’s making furniture. Also fascinated with the way laminated furniture was created using a vacuum mold, he combined the two techniques, adding some of his love for re-using materials and began experimenting with ways he could create a chair using a very underrated product: cardboard. His new Re-Ply chair, which is gaining traction as a project on Kickstarter, combines origami like folds and plywood like lamination with the often discarded material – creating a modern and stylish shell chair which is deceivingly durable.

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.

Visual Bits #244> Recycle, Renew, Reuse

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A Tribute to the Solo Cup Made from Beer Cases

Now here’s a tasty collage: Alex Krutchkoff took 20 plus cases of beer and carefully arranged them into a colorful tribute to the iconic red Solo Cup. He says the project took over 50 hours to complete and considering the loads of beer each case contained, we’re sure it was a fun project to piece together. For more about this designer and artist, see or follow him on Instagram @krutchh.