Li Hongbo’s artwork may look like porcelain or gypsum sculptures at first, but that’s only until he demonstrates how flexible they are. Beijing based artist, book designer and editor creates these busts and sculptures out of thousands of layers of glued thin paper. Hongbo builds the honeycomb-like structures by strategically placing the glue on each sheet of paper, and then gives the desired shape to it.

The idea comes from traditional Chinese paper decorations and toys that are flat at first but when pulled, may be extended into a proper shape. Li’s sculptures therefore work the other way round than the actual Chinese gourd toys, and transform from something fully shaped into something undefined and surrealistic. Check out the video below where you see the sculptures in motion!