Matt Shlian started school as a ceramicist, but it was only when he realized that he was “interested in everything” that his work really took off.


He creates sculptural artworks from flat pieces of paper that show the incredible diversity of the medium while creating beautifully inspiring forms. They are also doing something rather surprising: inspiring scientists.


Along with a team at the University of Michigan he won the NSF (National Science Foundation) award on a nano-origami project that combines both art and engineering.


In the process he’s using his art to help others understand the flexible nature of nano-structures. It’s not the first thing you think of when it comes to cutting and folding paper.


Shlian’s process is an interesting one, and one that other creatives should take note of: he often works within a series of limitations.



“For example on one piece I’ll only use curved folds, or make my lines this length or that angle etc,” he tells Strictly Paper. “Other times I begin with an idea for movement and try to achieve that shape or form somehow. Along the way something usually goes wrong and a mistake becomes more interesting than the original idea and I work with that instead.”

For more About this impressive and unconventional artist see his Tedx Talk and video with Ghostly International:

& visit Matt Shlian Official Website .




For Quinn, sculpture is primarily an art of communication, a medium through which he aims to help people evolve further in tolerance, understanding and harmony. ‘I make art for myself and for people who wish to come along for a ride through my dreams’, he says. ‘How we live our own lives is of the utmost importance, and most of my work has to do with values and emotions.’

Born on 7 May 1966 in Rome, son of the Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn and his second wife, costume designer Iolanda Addolori, Lorenzo Quinn had a childhood split between Italy and the United States of America. His father had a profound influence on him, both in terms of living in the limelight of the film world and with respect to Anthony’s early work in painting and architecture.

Here we can see some of his works:



Bronze, stainless steel and aluminium Cultural Village, Doha, Quatar – Oct 2011



Marina Barrage, Singapore Oct 2008 – Aluminium and stainless steel



54th Venice Biennale Italy – July 2011 – Material: Expanded polystyrene, Polyurethane (density 75) and plastic paint – 300×300×15 cm

“GAIA” – Material: Patinated bronze and stainless steel (45 x 63 x 44 cm)


The Universe is to us like a mother to a child for whom her love and daily care are needed for his survival.


“GRAVITY” Female (Bronze) & “GRAVITY” Male (Alumimium and marble)

It is essential to find a balance in life.

Many times that balance is achieved with the help of the people who surround us
and that hold us firmly to the ground and without whom we would float into perdition.



“THE EYE” – Aluminium – Dubai 2014


“HAND OF GOD” – Longdole Polo Club, Gloucestershire, England


“FOUR LOVES”- Bronze, Aluminium, tile wood, stainless steel, red travertine and corten steel

“HARMONY” – Material: Bronze and aluminium (63,5 × 125 × 28,5 cm)

Each person fills a space that the other was missing and therefore completing his companion.
This creates a perfect harmony that is essential to every relationship.



See more at Lorenzo Quinn Official Website 


Staging Space: Scenic Interiors and Spatial Experiences, edited by Robert Klanten, Lukas Feireiss and Sven Ehmann (available on amazon UK and USA)

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As part of his “Ain’t Painting A Pain” retrospective exhibition, Los Angeles-based artist Richard Jackson has installed a sculpture of a gigantic dog peeing on the Orange County Museum of Art.

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Gibbs Farm is an unusual setting for a sculpture collection. The North Auckland property is dominated by the Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in the Southern hemisphere: it occupies the whole western horizon and it is very shallow, so when the tide goes out, the shallows are exposed for several kilometres and the light shimmies and bounces off it across the land. Every work contends in some way with the slide seaward.

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The flow of the land, the immense body of water, the wide harbour flats and the assertive variety of the elements have all imposed themselves on the artists. Gibbs acknowledges that “the challenge for the artists is the scale of the landscape; it scares them initially” and demands something more from them.


Walking the land visitors can appreciate how each artist has come to terms in their own way with the gravitational pull that is exerted on everything as the mountains roll into hills and slide into gullies and slope down towards the wide flat expanse of the Kaipara harbour.

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After nearly twenty years Gibbs Farm includes major works by Graham Bennett, Chris Booth, Daniel Buren, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Marijke de Goey, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Len Lye, Russell Moses, Peter Nicholls, Eric Orr, Tony Oursler, George Rickey, Peter Roche, Richard Serra, Kenneth Snelson, Richard Thompson, Leon van den Eijkel and Zhan Wang.

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Most works in the collection are commissioned; and commissioning new works rather than buying from an exhibition involves the satisfaction of dealing with the artists, as Gibbs comments “they’re interesting because they’re winners, tough, ambitious”.

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RING – Mirrored cubes installation – Place Vendôme, Paris. 2012
Dimensions :  h 45 x l 50 m

“Ring” is an installation which takes into consideration the urban space networking : the rhythm, flow, organization and spatial hierarchy. The installation embodies a visual effect that is to connect all of these interactions through the implementation of an optical effect: the repetition of an cubic mirror to break the perception of the place.

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Koru Material: Earth.
Dimensions: 80m diameter across mounds, height rising to 10metres. @Brick Bay Sculpure Park. Matakana, North Auckland. 2001.

“Koru is a major earth work sculpture made to celebrate the essence and joy of life at Brick Bay. The spiral form acknowledges land that was once densely forested with ancient kauri.

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Escape into reality is a combination of a painting, a relief and a sculpture, it outlines a transition between real and virtual world, between 2d and 3d form, between sensed and tangible … Is it possible for a form to be able to think something or convey a message…and if there is no direct message, is it possible for it to contemplate itself? Reflection on fine art which finds in a situation when it tries shocking in order to be spotted or makes an effort to walk out to reach a looker.”

Michal Trpák

Other work here: Dozens of Cement People dangling from Umbrellas (Prague Office Building)

See more at Michal Official Website


Polyester, ocel, 6m (2013)

Arrullo‘Arrullo’ by Jorge Jimenez Deredia (Costa Rica) – Sale in New York City on May 28, 2013.

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