Beautifully crafted 3D paper sculptures by Richard Sweeney
English artist Richard Sweeney has created an impressive collection of beautifully crafted paper sculptures. Ranging from intricate geometric origami to wonderfully expressive figure sculptures, his intricate pieces are inspired by architecture and nature.
“It is not so much the organic shapes, but the means by which they are generated that interests me. It makes great sense to borrow from elements from biological structures, as these forms demonstrate the pinnacle of material, structural and functional efficiency.”
Much of his work is rendered in plain white paper, which is a striking contrast to the complexity of his forms. Using precise paper folds and a light touch of adhesive, Sweeney has managed to convert stacks of plain paper into sculptures that are wonderful to behold; captivating you with their simple forms and intricate details.
“Any form imaginable can be rendered through drawing, but when modelling in paper, an object has to be physically shaped. When faced with a flat sheet of material, there is no obvious indication of how it can be manipulated into a three dimensional object. The limitations of paper as a form making material offer a challenge, which through playful investigation results in tangible models.”