Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills Sculptures by Peter Trevelyan

Look at these intricate sculptures by New Zealand artist Peter Trevelyan and weep: the geometric structures are made with 0.5 mm lead refills for mechanical pencils! I can't even reload my mechanical pencils without snapping a few of these graphite sticks ...

My Modern Met blog has more pics, then head on over to Mint Style Studio for an interview with the artist.

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What it made me think of was some Tom Friedman sculptures from the 90s in which he did amazing things with odd materials, like stretch a wad of chewing gum from the floor to the ceiling, all intended to evoke a sense of the absurd and the ephemeral. They were fun to look at and wonder how he did them.

Another artist cast his own bust in chocolate. And then there is Damien Hirst and his rotting sharks in leaky tanks of formaldehyde. Not as much fun. It all comes out of the Dada movement a hundred years ago with a little surrealism thrown in for good measure. The more things change...
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