A Japanese artist has wowed the internet with her ability to sculpt almost anything out of cardboard.
Formally trained in 3-D animation, Monami Ohno often uses discarded Amazon boxes for her impressively detailed works of art. Interestingly, her unconventional medium of choice is well complimented by her equally unusual subject matter.
From pop culture icons to everyday objects, Ohno has created a variety of cardboard art pieces that are all strikingly realistic despite her material’s minimalistic property. Among her most impressive artwork includes intricately-made tanks, planes, monsters (one of them is Godzilla), food, vehicles like the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future”), and even wearable pairs of shoes.
Her Star Wars-themed creations are undeniably awesome:
Ohno carefully assembles multiple smaller pieces to make her crafts highly detailed. What’s more remarkable is that she doesn’t use any high-tech gadget or software to produce her cardboard sculptures. She uses basic tools such as a pair of scissors, a standard box cutter, a ruler, glue, and masking tape to make her creations come alive.
Her unique hobby began after high costs of shop fees prevented her from creating as frequently as she’d prefer. The 25-year-old started with some old Amazon boxes that were piling up in her place.
“I tried making something out of [the boxes] (and) found out that cardboard is a surprisingly fun medium to work with, and from there I really started getting into creating with it!” Ohno told RocketNews24.
She further explained why how using cardboard gave her a venue to channel her creative juices, allowing her to create astonishing masterpieces on the cheap.
“If you set your mind to it, you’d be surprised what you can make, and if you make something yourself, your fondness for it will be greater than for something you bought…With cardboard, even if you don’t have much money, storage space, or equipment, you can make something, and I think it’s a good first step to getting a little bit away from the current culture,” Ohno said.