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I Spent 5 Years Making These Topographic Sculptures, Each With Up To 2500 Individual Pieces
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I Spent 5 Years Making These Topographic Sculptures, Each With Up To 2500 Individual Pieces

My name is Octavian Mielu and I’m a self-taught artist.

One of my earliest memories is since I was four years old. I remember drawing on the walls of my parents’ apartment. I was running back and forth, doodling on the walls, until my parents decided to renovate. Without walls as my canvas, I had to move on and explore other media. I’ve gone through coloring books, pen, crayons, paint, and most recently, digital art. I’ve created all kinds of art in a variety of media over many years.

In 2014, I saw some topographic maps that really inspired me, and I began to take my artwork more seriously. I wanted to make some real, hands-on art. After having been working digitally for a while, I found the process of working with physical materials again messy but much more satisfying. It took five years to complete this project. Over those years, I did many tests with a variety of different materials and paints, tried different designs, and also opened an art studio.

Each sculpture has up to 2500 individual pieces of different forms and sizes. Each one has to be cut and painted, and then the sculpture is assembled one piece at a time, leading to a unique piece of art.

More info: Instagram

David

Neptune

Making of Neptune

Mona Lisa

OId Benny

Marilyn Monroe

Butterfly skulls

Making of butterfly skulls

Abyss I

Abyss II

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Christian Lamborn
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are very impressive, I'm curious how much they go for, I would love to have one.

earringnut
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All I know is that they cost more than I can afford. The craftsmanship is amazing.

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

5 years? I can't commit to which breakfast cereal I'm going to buy. I'll put 3 or 4 boxes back before finally taking one to the till in anger. Very impressive.

Parmeisan
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Be like me & buy multiple kinds, you can have a different mix every morning! (I once blew the mind of a 6 year old at a continental breakfast - such an awed tone of voice for "Mom, that woman mixed her cereal! Can I do it too?!?")

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They have unnatural amounts of determination and creativity it's scary. These are beautiful and unique in every way!

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Christian Lamborn
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are very impressive, I'm curious how much they go for, I would love to have one.

earringnut
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All I know is that they cost more than I can afford. The craftsmanship is amazing.

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

5 years? I can't commit to which breakfast cereal I'm going to buy. I'll put 3 or 4 boxes back before finally taking one to the till in anger. Very impressive.

Parmeisan
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Be like me & buy multiple kinds, you can have a different mix every morning! (I once blew the mind of a 6 year old at a continental breakfast - such an awed tone of voice for "Mom, that woman mixed her cereal! Can I do it too?!?")

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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They have unnatural amounts of determination and creativity it's scary. These are beautiful and unique in every way!

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