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Jul 23, 2009

Sculptor Chris Gilmour upcycles humble cardboard boxes into full-scale likenesses from everyday life.

By FLYP Staff

There are no wooden or metal frames holding up Chris Gilmour’s sculptures, and yet his Fiat and Model A Ford look like they just rolled off the assembly line. Turning trash into treasure, the artist cuts, forms and glues discarded cardboard boxes into amusing takes on the upcycling process.

His recreations of objects that we all take for granted feature a painstaking attention to detail. For that extra satirical wink, Gilmour often leaves the original logos on his cardboard visible, and in one piece a cathedral is adorned with the corporate stamp of a feminine hygiene product.

Originally born in Stockport, England, the sculptor has been living and working in Udine, Italy for the past few years, and is represented by a gallery in Padua called Perugi Artecontemporanea.

His studio is littered with the tools of his unique trade; instead of scraps of marble and traces of plaster littering his studio floor, rolls of cardboard and bottles of glue rest on tables. The results of his labor have ended up in solo and group shows around the world, including most recently a solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, titled This End Up: The Art of Cardboard.

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