Amazing Life-Size Cardboard Art


Chris Gilmour is an Italian artist that creates life-size sculptures out of cardboard and glue.

He uses no supporting structure, and no wooden or metal frames.

He uses cardboard to show that extravagant artwork can be created from everyday household materials.

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Cardboard is a bland object, something we don’t take much notice of even though we see it every day. But Gilmour takes it a step further and gives life to these sculptures.



Using cardboard as a canvas, it starts out blank. He gets a clear fresh perspective on what he’s going to do without any outside interference.


In an article written by Guido Bartorelli, he says that Chris Gilmour “compares his sculptures to drawing, a way of seeing objects by observing and measuring them. There is a process of deconstruction, followed by the actual construction process. It is in this process of making, in an almost instantaneous and immediate construction, as if Gilmour was using a pencil on a piece of paper, that the subtlety of diversity is embodied.”

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I think this would be great to decorate my house in. I could have everything I ever wanted, but made out of cardboard. I would keep my cardboard car in the garage, next to my cardboard motorcycle and sit in my house typing away on my cardboard typewriter. And if I needed a break from it all, I'd hop on my cardboard bike carrying my cardboard guitar and sit in the park playing songs for money.


Source: chrisgilmour


If you liked this article, you may want to check out Amazing Recycled Architecture to go along with your cardboard accessories.

Jun 4, 2008
by makeworldbetter
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He is very good. I did some cardboard modeling when I was teen. I know how difficult that can be 


Jun 5, 2008
by Anonymous


very good. Amazing.

Jun 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Simply astonishing.

This is awesome. To be able to take something as unforgiving, taking into consideration the lack of function, as cardboard and turn it into very intricate designs, is mind-blowing to say the least. The knobs in the car, and switches and even the spokes on the bike, i have no idea how to even begind conmstructing that level of detail with paper. Not just any paper, but very thick, and unflexible paper.

Aug 28, 2008
by Anonymous

3d project

I was wondering if you used any liquid to form your cardboard? Do you have any pointers?

Oct 5, 2008
by Anonymous

new word

the newest cool word is pwnis

Feb 14, 2009
by Anonymous


wow! are all these thing really made of cardboard! it looks like wood to me! lol! if anyone ccan give me any ideas for valentine gifts made of cardboard please let me know!
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