The human body is a highly complex system of interconnected parts. It might come as a surprise, but one of the best (and trickiest) ways to duplicate the intricate movement of the human form is to use cold, thin wires.
Richard Stainthorp, a talented artist based in Richmond, U.K., knows just how to create wire sculptures that resemble the most intriguing human forms, ranging to include winged creatures and delicate dancers.
He uses wires not because it is easy but because it offers the perfect material to imitate the many curves and movements of the human body. While the wires make an excellent final product, Stainthorp admits wire sculptures are far from easy to work with.
In an interview with Bored Panda he revealed, “Wire is an extremely difficult medium to work with. It is not automatically what one would consider as a ‘material’ for creating solid, three-dimensional sculptures. It was the fact that it was so difficult that made it a challenge for me.”
“I knew that if I could get a sculpture looking right from all angles then I would have mastered the material, however 16 years later I am yet to achieve that goal, although I’ve been close at times. It is this challenge that is my ongoing motivation.”
“My work is all about the beauty of the human form. I chose to use more detailed female forms for achieving the ‘correct from all angles’ goal, as replicating a smooth curve and getting it right with a dense mass of wire, from all angles, is almost impossible, but a great challenge.”
“…because of the nature of wire as a sculptural medium, it became clear over time that slightly exaggerated poses resulted in more life-like pieces.”
“It is something to do with the contrast between a completely foreign material and the pose itself that seems to combine to make something realistic, and because wire is such a strange material compared to, for example, clay or stone, the pose needs to be exaggerated more than corresponding sculptures in these materials, to attain that balance that makes something seem ‘real’.”