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RTX17RXV
Hongbo's Paper Sculptures - 24 Jan 2014
Images of Chinese artist Li Hongbo who makes paper sculptures at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing.

Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper.

Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters
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RTX17QXX
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo stretches a paper sculpture work at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing,...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo stretches a paper sculpture work on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo stretches a paper sculpture work at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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RTX17QY9
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while...
Beijing, China
Li shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while raising it at his studio...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while raising it at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17R08
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6000 pieces of paper, on the outskirts...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while raising it at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17QYF
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while raising...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, made of 6,000 pieces of paper, on the outskirts...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, made of 6,000 pieces of paper, while raising it at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17R0E
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6000 pieces of paper, at his...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6000 pieces of paper, on the...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows his paper sculpture work, which is made of 6000 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17QX2
January 23, 2014
A combination picture shows Chinese artist Li Hongbo raising a paper sculpture, made of 6,000 pieces...
Beijing, China
Combination picture of Chinese artist Li Hongbo raising paper sculpture, made of 6,000 pieces of paper,...
A combination picture shows Chinese artist Li Hongbo raising a paper sculpture, made of 6,000 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QYV
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculptures are placed on a table for a photo at his studio on the outskirts...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculptures are placed on a table for a photo on the outskirts of Beijing...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculptures are placed on a table for a photo at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QXZ
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo uses an iron needle to remove dust from a paper sculpture work at his studio...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo uses an iron needle to remove dust from a paper sculpture work on the outskirts...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo uses an iron needle to remove dust from a paper sculpture work at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014.Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QY1
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo polishes the nose bridge of a paper sculpture at his studio on the outskirts...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo polishes the nose bridge of a paper sculpture on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo polishes the nose bridge of a paper sculpture at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QY4
January 23, 2014
An assistant of Chinese artist Li Hongbo adjusts the chair carrying a paper replica of the Sculpture...
Beijing, China
An assistant of Chinese artist Li Hongbo adjusts the chair carrying a paper replica of the Sculpture...
An assistant of Chinese artist Li Hongbo adjusts the chair carrying a paper replica of the Sculpture of David, which will be made according a David statue (L), at Li's studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QZG
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo holds one of his paper sculptures at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing,...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li holds one of his paper sculptures at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo holds one of his paper sculptures at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QYQ
January 23, 2014
The pasted papers with hollows, materials for Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculptures, are seen at...
Beijing, China
The pasted papers with hollows, materials for Chinese artist Li's paper sculptures, are seen at studio...
The pasted papers with hollows, materials for Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculptures, are seen at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QZ9
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows 500 pieces of paper, which are pasted with hollows, as the material for...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li shows 500 pieces of paper, which are pasted with hollows, as the material for his paper...
Chinese artist Li Hongbo shows 500 pieces of paper, which are pasted with hollows, as the material for his paper sculptures at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QZ0
January 23, 2014
A plaster statue is placed as an example for Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculpture at his studio...
Beijing, China
A plaster statue is placed as an example for Chinese artist Li's paper sculpture at his studio on the...
A plaster statue is placed as an example for Chinese artist Li Hongbo's paper sculpture at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QZB
January 23, 2014
A paper sculpture by Chinese artist Li Hongbo is packed at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January...
Beijing, China
A paper sculpture by Chinese artist Li Hongbo is packed at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing
A paper sculpture by Chinese artist Li Hongbo is packed at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QZL
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo walks out of his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo walks out of his studio on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo walks out of his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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RTX17QZQ
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays with a paper sculpture of a gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper,...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li plays a paper sculpture of gun on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays with a paper sculpture of a gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014.Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. "Later, I used this principle to make a gun," he said, casually inverting a crude paper pistol into an elegant fan. "A gun is solid, used for killing, but I turned it into a tool for play or decoration. In this way, it lost both the form of a gun and the culture inherent to a gun. It became a game." Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17QZT
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays a paper sculpture of gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper, at his...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays a paper sculpture of gun on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays a paper sculpture of gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. "Later, I used this principle to make a gun," he said, casually inverting a crude paper pistol into an elegant fan. "A gun is solid, used for killing, but I turned it into a tool for play or decoration. In this way, it lost both the form of a gun and the culture inherent to a gun. It became a game." Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17R0B
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays with a paper sculpture of a gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper,...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays a paper sculpture of gun on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays with a paper sculpture of a gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. "Later, I used this principle to make a gun," he said, casually inverting a crude paper pistol into an elegant fan. "A gun is solid, used for killing, but I turned it into a tool for play or decoration. In this way, it lost both the form of a gun and the culture inherent to a gun. It became a game." Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17R0H
January 23, 2014
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays with a paper sculpture of gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper, at...
Beijing, China
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays a paper sculpture of gun on the outskirts of Beijing
Chinese artist Li Hongbo plays with a paper sculpture of gun, which is made of 300 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
ART-CHINA/PAPER
RTX17QXF
January 23, 2014
A combination picture shows Chinese artist Li Hongbo playing with a paper sculpture of gun, made of 300...
Beijing, China
A combination picture shows Chinese artist Li Hongbo playing a paper sculpture of gun on outskirts of...
A combination picture shows Chinese artist Li Hongbo playing with a paper sculpture of gun, made of 300 pieces of paper, at his studio on the outskirts of Beijing, January 20, 2014. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he had always loved paper, invented in ancient China. Beyond his sculptures, he has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper. Neither plaster nor clay, the statues are concertinas of thousands upon thousands of fine pieces of paper."At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns," Li, 38, told Reuters. "Later, I used this principle to make a gun," he said, casually inverting a crude paper pistol into an elegant fan. "A gun is solid, used for killing, but I turned it into a tool for play or decoration. In this way, it lost both the form of a gun and the culture inherent to a gun. It became a game." Picture taken on January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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