Wire art is certainly nothing new, head down to any local craft fair and you’ll probably find a little wire frog or ostrich overflowing with folksy charm. But you’ve never seen anything like what Korean sculptor Park Seung-mo can pull off with thin strips of metal.

To say he takes the art to another level is an understatement. His elaborate 3-D portraits and statues are awesome in their detail and mind-boggling to imagine how much time and effort went into making them.

Park Seung-mo’s works are divided into three areas.

In his Object series, Park creates inanimate objects from wire crafting. A variety of musical instruments, abstract shapes, and renditions of ancient sculptures are all carefully arranged by countless yards of aluminum and bronze wire.

violin (2005)

grand piano (2004)

venus (2003)

Bangasayusang (2006)

airplane (2005)

wind furnace (2005)

Human, as the name suggests, are male and female figures created by what sometimes appears to be aluminum wire continuously coiled around and around.

In the early works the contrasts between the smoothness of the human body and soft yet chaotic nature of hair are amazingly intricate.

1986 (2005)

YU HYEON JEONG (2009)

Yoo Hyeon jeong (2011)

Kim Seong su (2010)

Kim Yoo jung (2008)

park soo young (2008)

ego (2003)

Some of his later works take it further by mimicking the flowing texture of cloth to the figures. It’s all so realistic you’d worry there was a real person inside.

Yves Saint Laurent (?)

Han Hye yeon (2011)

Kim Tae yeon (2010)

SON MYUNG HEE (2010)

Last, but probably most impressive are the images in Park’s Maya series. He projects a photograph onto sheets of wire mesh and clips out the shapes. However, this is done on several sheets that are then superimposed on each other to give a 3D holographic effect and photorealistic shading to the image. These pictures probably don’t even do justice to what these works must look like in real life.

MAYA MONALIZA (2013)

MAYA390 (2011)

MAYA434 (2012)

MAYA1037 (2011)

MAYA879 (2012)

MAYA 7616 (2012)

MAYA7657 (2012)

MAYA9782 (2013)

And what better way to end than with a self-portrait of the genius himself, Park Seung-mo.

parkseungmo portrait (2011)

This is only a small sample of Park’s collection in all three categories. You can see more on his website, or even better, if you’re lucky enough to be near one of his exhibitions (also listed on his website) you can see them with your own eyes.

Source: SEUNGMOPARK via DDN Japan (Japanese)
Video: YouTube – seungmopark

A video of the making of MAYA1037