Artist Carves Silhouettes Out Of Butcher Knives

Li Hongbo is a Chinese artist renown for his sculptures made out of paper and glue. In 2007, he began developing an idea surrounding knives. The result is the sculpture series featured below. Working with a wide variety of knives, from Chinese cooking knives to knives 6.5 feet long, Hongbo cuts out the image. In some cases, the image is completely removed from the knife. In others it acts as a “pop-up” image. His reasoning behind this collection is a warning to society. He maintains that “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.” This statement is evident in the pieces he has created in this collection.

Artist: Li Hongbo Facebook – via Contemporary by Angela Li – h/t Colossal

Cheetah – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Continuity – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Gaze – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Hawk – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014
Hunting – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Lotus Pond – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Rest – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Thorns – Metal, 35 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm, 2014

Bones of a Snake – Metal, 200 x 38 x 9 cm, 2014

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