Here’s a beautiful selection of works by the artist Chris Gilmour,
who makes full scale cardboard sculptures of everyday objects. His sculptures are impressively real, and only made of cardboard and glue, with no structure of wood or metal.
His sculptures include everything from violins and bicycles to a full-scale Queen Victoria.
Mr Gilmour’s passion for using the unusual material stemmed from a desire to promote recycling.
Now Mr Gilmour, who is originally from Stockport but lives in Udine, Italy, exhibits his work all over the world selling pieces for thousands of pounds.
Cardboard isn’t as strong as traditional materials but I find that a challenge.
If they’re looked after and don’t get wet, they should last a lifetime.
I’ve sold everything I’ve made so far and there’s a waiting list.
He studied art in Bristol in 1997, then returned to Manchester where he had a studio with other artists. He moved to Italy in 2000.
I was using cardboard originally to make prototypes and models, from there I started making more serious pieces and considering cardboard as a very interesting material to make artwork with.
Obviously it’s not as strong as more traditional sculpture materials, but I find the challenge of finding solutions to these kinds of problems to be one of the attractions of working with cardboard. The oldest piece I have made is over 15 years old and still looks fine.
His attention to every detail is noteworthy!
In the end they are no more fragile than works on paper, and even bronzes or wooden sculptures are easily damaged. So long as they are treated with care, and don’t get wet, they should last a lifetime.
The largest pieces I have made are the cars, a fiat 500, a maclaren race car and even the 1960s James Bond. Aston Martin.
But I also like my smaller pieces like typewriters, guitars and cameras. So far all the pieces have been sold, and there is a waiting list for new works.
Just keep water away from them and you’ll be fine.