Phenomenal Nontraditional Sculptures And The Artists Who Make Them

Nontraditional Sculptures Paper Triptych

It looks like porcelain… but it isn’t. Source: Oddity Central

Artists are those daring individuals who try to make a living out of pushing boundaries and challenging—and hopefully changing—our tastes. In the artist’s endless process of borrowing, blending and creating, art and its respective mediums always evolve, adapting to the times and interests of their creators and viewers alike. Nowhere is this more evident than in sculpting. While materials such as marble remain favorites among sculpting traditionalists, many others use bizarre and innovative materials and have crafted true masterpieces with them.


Nontraditional Sculptures Long Head

All of Li Hongb’s flexible sculptures are actually made from paper. Source: Blogspot

At first glance, Li Hongbo’s artwork appears to be made out of traditional materials such as marble or porcelain. However, when the artist gets a hold of his solid structure, he begins to stretch the piece in uncanny and bizarre ways. It leaves the brain confused over what exactly it is seeing. One of sculpture’s defining features is that it, like a rock, remains superficially unchanged over time, right?

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Iceland’s Economic Upswing Is A Lesson To Us All

Iceland's Economic Upswing Sun

“Why are the banks considered to be the holy churches of the modern economy? Why are private banks not like airlines and telecommunication companies and allowed to go bankrupt if they have been run in an irresponsible way? The theory that you have to bail out banks is a theory that you allow bankers enjoy for their own profit, their success, and then let ordinary people bear their failure through taxes and austerity. 
People in enlightened democracies are not going to accept that in the long run.” -Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

In 2008 when the United States and most of Europe decided to bail out the banks instead of allowing them to fail, Iceland chose a different path. As their entire banking system collapsed, the small nation of 320,000 opted to forgive mortgage debt, and began rebuilding from scratch. The country isn’t out of the woods yet, but today they are politically and financially stable. The current unemployment rate is down to 5%–better than in Great Britain or the United States (both 6%), and much lower than Spain (26%), Ireland (11%), and Greece (30%). Clearly this is a multi-layered issue, and what works in one small, largely homogeneous nation might not work in a large, diverse one like the United States, but perhaps punishing–not rewarding–the people responsible for the collapse was the correct course of action after all.

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