The art of the crayon

Artist  Diem Chau crafts detailed sculptures out of Crayola Crayons.  Via

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Artist Pete Goldlust has an amazing series of carved crayons.


The Colorful Crayon Sculptures of Herb Williams.  Via Luxist


Herb Williams has also created a crayon sculpture of President Obama.  The 4-by-4-foot crayon sculpture required 50,000 crayons, features 20 Crayola colors and weighs 150 pounds.


Related MadSilence post:  Coloring between the lines

Related links: Crayola’s Art Tips and Techniques


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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eloahjames
    Feb 01, 2009 @ 11:55:09

    That’s really quite awesome. Thanks for sharing!


  2. The Querulous Squirrel
    Feb 01, 2009 @ 22:18:34

    These are amazing. So much work in such a fragile medium. Just a little time in a hot car. But pastels are just as fragile, really. A strong wind, a little rain. Come to think of it. WE’RE pretty fragile. A speeding car, a falling plane.


  3. Kristina
    Feb 01, 2009 @ 23:51:27

    As per usual, awesome, mind-blowing art. What a great, unfussy medium to work with, though. Art of the people, definitely.


  4. Undaunted
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 00:08:30

    Wow, these are amazing! Thanks for sharing.


  5. zmanowner
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 05:46:09

    Crayons are an interesting thing..they are a link to your childhood..Randy Pausch wrote in his book The Last Lecture he used to carry one around and sniff it now and then to be reminded of his childhood goals…great post Zman sends


  6. erikatakacs
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 21:18:53

    Are these really art? I see them as decorative curiosity.


  7. MadSilence
    Feb 02, 2009 @ 23:48:55

    Erika, of course these are art, it’s the 21st century after all.
    Personally I would label crayon sculptures “decorative art” or “craft.” Kristina has it right: “art of the people.”

    Interestingly, a Google search of “crayon art” finds may artists who use crayons in their work. Would a consumer find a painting done with crayons more appealing than oils, watercolors or pastels? Zman’s olfactory issue may come into play.

    QS, I’d like to see what happens to a crayon sculpture once a plane falls on it. Reminds me of the time my dog ate a box of crayons and his… that is, it was rainbow-colored… oh, nevermind.


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