Leonardo da Vinci would be jealous of what you’re about to see. Artist Daniel Agdag has created some absolutely incredible cardboard flying machines to examine the way things are made.
These pieces are intricate yet sturdy. Agdag said told Colossal that these were inspired by his mother, who traveled from Europe to Australia by herself. He explained that he thinks of the vehicles as a way to “cross a divide, to be the captain of my own journey.”
For anyone who’s traveled alone, you know that feeling of setting off on an adventure. Sure, you couldn’t really fly in these things, but you can certainly build structures from cardboard. Look at the cardboard cathedral that was build after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011!
Agdag was recently part of a group exhibition called “Model Urban” at Manningham Art Gallery in Australia and at the MARS Gallery at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair last September. He also did a series of cardboard dioramas called “Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make,” which you can see on his Pintrest page. The notes explain that Agdag does these builds “without plans or preliminary sketches and largely improvised as he builds them.” So, no plans, mom as inspiration and amazing results. Somebody got in the front of the line when they were handing out artist talent, huh?
We’ve got a few of his creations below. You can find a bunch more on the website PublicOffice.com.au and on his Instagram. So, are you feeling bad about your own artistic skills now? How badly do you want to hang one of these from your ceiling? Tweet me/us @JennaBusch/@Nerdist and let us know what you think!