Shadow of Knives: These Silhouette Sculptures Are Extraordinary (Photos)

Some of Chinese artist Li Hongbo's unusual creations made from giant cleavers. (Screenshot/Facebook)
Some of Chinese artist Li Hongbo's unusual creations made from giant cleavers. (Screenshot/Facebook)

Chinese contemporary artist Li Hongbo has a reputation for sculpting unusual materials, like sheets of paper that can move. But he’s really outdone himself with this new exhibition.

Using cutouts of animals, trees, and people, Li has created a series of messages to warn society that it’s treading on a knife-edge, and being environmentally irresponsible. He believes that:

Human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.

The artworks are on display at a Hong Kong gallery called Contemporary by Angela Li, and come in all different sizes, with the biggest being over 6 feet long.

By reminding viewers of both food and danger with the carved blade theme, Li links family and culture with the darker actions of man, and the cold sharp hollows they leave behind.

As with his paper series, the knives have been manipulated into different shapes and directions.

With the Chinese known for “eating almost everything that moves,” and the strong motif of the chopping knife, Li has managed to communicate his ideas on many levels.

Here are a selection of pieces, and you can see the rest in the video below.

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