Randall Rosenthal, a wood sculptor from New York, has become a modern master of an art form probably about as old as we are. What seems like a cardboard box full of cash is actually a wooden sculpture called “Cold Hard Cash” carved by Rosenthal out of a single (glued-together) block of wood.
Between his amazing cardboard box piece and all the other paper mimicry that he does, there’s a lot to be impressed about. First and foremost is the fact that, due to the excellent paint job and perfect sculpting, most of us are completely fooled by his illusions. Another reason why his works are so amazing is because they’re carved out of a single mass of solid wood. One larger mistake and he’d have to start over – or at least invest a lot of time to fix his mistake. But if you tried to kick this cardboard box around, you’d probably break your toe.
Since completing his BFA at the Carnegie Institute of Technology on 1969, Rosenthal has been creating incredible works of art – and not just the masterful illusions you see here. If you like what you see, or if you’re at all interested in wood carving, we strongly suggest visiting his website. There’s a lot more to see!
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