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Waseda, Tokyo

At a loss for words by Gary Randall

Sign of spring by shinichiro saka

Jiabang Rice Terraces: Mysterious Terraces with Cloud and Mist, Guizhou, China

Summer palace, Beijing by ╬Thomas Reichart ╬ on Flickr.


Li Hongbo 李洪波 (b.1974, China)

Even for a book editor and designer, Li Hongbo has an unusual attachment to paper.  “I love it and collect it,” he says.  He also does increasingly audacious experiments with it. The installation Paper (2010) began when Li Hongbo bought one of the “honeycomb” paper balls used for festive decorations in China and took it apart to see how it was made.  “I realised it’s really quite simple,” he says. “Yet the flexibility in terms of shape and properties is amazing.” His take on this craft tradition is indeed amazing, and it is made entirely of common paper.  With the help of an assistant, Li Hongbo stuck more than 30,000 sheets together with carefully placed stripes of glue to form what look like two large blocks of balsa wood. Using an electric saw, he carved these stacks into identical human figures. One he leaves intact, except for a toppled head; the other is stretched out like a vast accordion, its torso and limbs looping around the gallery space like a gigantic Slinky toy. Many visitors find it hard to believe that it ever looked anything like its upright twin. The artist hopes the work will awaken viewers to what captivates his own imagination: “the endless possibilities of paper.” (src. White Rabbit Collection)

[more Li Hongbo | artist found at thisiscolossal]


Kirkjufell, IcelandStefan Hefele


Beauty without Green Lawns

(via jeffrey-lebowski)

Prozor-Rama, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Ante Šimunović

China, Manchu Ladies Of The Palace Being Warned To Stop Smoking [c1910-1925] Frank & Frances Carpenter [RESTORED] (by ralphrepo)

Portrait Of Manchu Girl In Traditional Costume, Beijing, China, (~1861-1864)

Buachaillie Etive Mor, Glen Coe by  Mark Hamblin

Palace Door, Fez (Morocco)

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