Intricate networks of metal branches shape sculptures of animals

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What eventually becomes a majestic deer or a majestically posed lion in Kang Dong Hyun’s Coexistence Forest begins with countless metal branches that splay out in all directions. The Korean artist welds spindly shoots and sprawling root-like forms into facial features and bodies that are then finished with urethane paint. Creating a cohesive display of flora and fauna, each hollow stainless steel sculpture considers the relationship between species and the idea that all life on Earth can lead into an invisible chain.

Common birds and fantastical creatures as metallic piñatas

Intricate networks of metal branches shape sculptures of animals

Both fantastically imaginative and steeped in tradition, the glittering piñatas that make up Roberto Benavidez’s body of work push the boundaries of the conventional party object. The Los Angeles-based artist cuts thin triangular strips of material which he attaches to papier-mâché shapes in the shape of birds, hybrid animals and otherworldly creatures. Her metallic works often address questions of identity – the artist discusses this further in an interview with Colossal – in particular gender and sexuality considerations through the prism of her layered forms.