Korean artist Kang Dong Hyun constructs hollow animal sculptures from a system of metallic branches. His works often have a high concentration of these sprig-like elements constructing the animal’s face, which allow the distinguishing characteristics of his house cats, birds, bulls, and elephants to take form. In one particular piece a lion’s full facial features are brought to life through his network of sculpted twigs, a furrowed brow projecting a look of worry or remorse.

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However, instead of being sculpted and assembled with organic sources—like the work of traditional hedge artists—Dong Hyun’s animal sculptures are made from industrial material, taking the appearance of metallic shrubbery.

Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun

The ethereal works of three-dimensional art portray majestic animals such as lions, elephants, and horses. In one piece, a rhinoceros appears to have grown organically, upwards from its roots-like silvery hooves. In another, a lion’s bushy mane is depicted with a giant nest of sculpted branches. One other piece takes the shape of a stooping, bird-like creature, formed from bronchi-like metal branches, which concentrate along its underside to reveal its angular silhouette.

Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun Hollow Animal Sculptures Constructed From a Network of Metal Branches by Kang Dong Hyun

You can see more of Kang’s interpretations of the animal kingdom on his Instagram.

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