Thursday Salute to Originals: Sci-Fi Cardboard Creations

Designer Greg Olijnyk creates cardboard sculptures with functional limbs and moving parts.

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Graphic designer Greg Olijnyk spends most of his time working on 2-D projects in his full-time career. In his free time, though, this graphic designer becomes a sculptor, creating playful sci-fi scenes from cardboard and glue.

While it may not be the default medium for many sculptors, cardboard’s affordability, bendability and texture make the perfect choice for Olijnyk’s work. Inspired by Sci-Fi books and Pinterest boards, the artist will create robotic figures in playful stories — these robots are fun, not scary!

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What stands out most about these sculptures isn’t the subject, though. Each piece demonstrates incredible attention to detail, and many are engineered with moving pieces and motors to add a kinetic dimension to the finished work.

“Even if, once behind glass, they remain frozen in a pose, I like to know that the capacity is there to bring them to life,” said Olijnyk in an interview with This is Colossal.

The final result really does come to life in whimsical scenes like a robotic captain setting sail on a tiny, steam-punk sailboat or a robo-child enjoying a swing hanging from a tree made of boiler parts and pipes.

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This Thursday, we’re saluting Greg Olijnyk and his kinetic cardboard sculptures. You can view his latest work and get a behind-the-scenes look at the design process on Instagram.

Sources: Greg Olijynk, This is Colossal