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03.01.10 11 Comments

Have you ever been sitting idly at your desk making little pets out of push pins and block erasers, or painting with whiteout, or using two pins and a paperclip to draw circles, or making paper footballs to knock into an empty coffee cup?  Anything to kill some time when you can’t get on the internet?  Well here’s a group of artists who put all our paperclip necklaces and origami jabberwockies to shame with stunning works of art made from office supplies.  And a few more artists whose work isn’t so much stunning as it is wicked awesome:

Somewhere in Australia, this guy is rolling in the fillies.


While we were trying to get our staplers to unjam, Baptiste Debombourg was creating unbelievable works of art with staples.  The banner picture at the top of the page and the first six photos in the gallery at the bottom of the page are of his Air Force One and Air Force Two installations, made out of 35,000 staples in white drywall.  He says these took him 75 hours of work to realize.  Meanwhile, the rest of us spent those 75 hours looking for monkey assault videos on Youtube.


Peter Callesen could take a TPS report and cut it into a bas relief of what that hot coworker might look like naked and riding Pegasus. Then he’d get fired for sexual harassment, but it’s still totally worth it.  The seventh through eighteenth photos in the gallery at the bottom of this page are his work, but there are plenty more astonishing papercut works where those came from.


Although I prefer Peter Schuyff‘s carved baseball bats, his carved pencils are pretty cool, too. There are three pics of those in the gallery below.  I bought one of these years ago to be the most ballin’ kid taking the SATs, then I only scored 200 because it wasn’t a #2 pencil.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.


Finally, someone who drinks more coffee than I do: Jonathan Brilliant. The photo above and one below are from his “Sticks, Sleeves, Straws, and Lids” installation along with one photo from the “Eternal Return” exhibition.  The white tube in the foreground of the photo above is made of white plastic coffee cup lids.


Using 4,000 paper clips, Gary Ponzo made a chandelier that casts mathematically awesome shadows.  Reproductions of the chandelier sell for $5,400 to $7,200.  Or you could buy four cases of paper clips for $25 and lock yourself into a room going slowly insane trying to reproduce this chandelier at home.  Hey, it worked for Howard Hughes. 


This cat has an iron made out of tape on its back.  Your argument is invalid.

The last six photos in the gallery below are from TapeSculpture, which also provides tutorial videos for making tape sculptures of your own.  Artist credits for each are in the file names.  A couple of these are entries in Scotch’s Tape Sculpture Contest.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go make a couple tape apes and have them battle with paperclip shivs.

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