Chris Gilmour's Cardboard Art

By Meera Dolasia on August 30, 2008

All sculptors have a favorite medium they like to work with. Some like marble, others bronze - for Chris Gilmour, it is the humble cardboard........and glue. For that's all he uses to build amazing sculptures irrespective of whether they are life-size or small replicas.

Chris typically uses recycled packing industrial cardboard for his life-sized projects, and boxes from common household items like diapers and trash bags for his smaller replicas.

Even his life-size sculptures have no supporting structure, that is, there is no metal or wooden frame in them. They are made with only cardboard and glue.

While that in itself is astounding, what is even more amazing, is the detail on each of these sculptures. Bicycles have wheels with spokes and chains, typewriters have every key carefully etched, cellos are built with all the strings, though they do not play a single note.

For a 2006 New York City exhibition, Chris built a replica of James Bond's Ashton Martin DB5 - with ejector seat, machine guns and revolving blades - all made of cardboard of course.

Born in England, Chris currently resides in Perugia, Italy, where he also has a permanent exhibition of his creations. To see more of Chris's work check out his website"


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  • 20jlaurin
    I want to try that
    • susie
      • zebralove
        That is redicoulusly awesome!
        • jalli
          • brandalynn5/13/2013
            picture are amazing
            • demarcus5/13/2013
              i love it
              • mitch3/4/2013
                that is like so cool, but the color is like not my favirite color
                • epic2/13/2013
                  • alexia12/16/2012
                    je suis étudiante en art sculpturales et je dois faire une synthèse de 10 pages sur chris gilmour, le problème c'est que j'ai que 2 lignes sur sa vie et c'est un peu mon examen d'entrée donc si je le loupe je suis renvoyé de mon école, c'est très important donc avez vous des infos ou des sites bien ou l y a des choses sur sa vie. sinon por ses recherches picturales j'ai tout merci pour votre intention a lire mon message et merci d'avance alexia
                    • angelrain
                      what are you saying?
                    • crazychick12/10/2012
                      that is amazing!


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