At first glance, the subjects of Kevin Champeny”s artwork seem perfectly ordinary: a rose, a skull, a portrait of Derek Jeter. Yet a closer inspection reveals that they aren”t what they seem at all. Each one of Champeny”s pieces is actually a mosaic of thousands and thousands of tiny plastic pieces, all meticulously molded to resemble candies and other objects.
It”s not just assembling all these tiny pieces into a larger image, either. Champeny molds each tiny component out of urethane or acrylic using handmade molds. Talk about a painstaking process!
Check out some of his work below, and marvel at the tiny details that each piece holds!
A Rose By Any Other Name, made from 15,000+ pieces of cast urethane candies.
What Remains, 35,000+ hand-cast urethane flowers.
Sweey Pysanka, 8,500 pieces of hand-cast urethane candy.
Sweet Death, 33,000+ hand-cast urethane pieces of candy.
School of Transcendence, 25,000 hand-cast plastic fish.
Killing Field, 12,500 hand-cast animal pieces.
Hot Wheels, 4,400 Hot Wheels cars.
The Creation of the Flag, 44,450 hand-cast urethane army men.
The Face of Baseball, 10,000+ hand-cast 1/2-inch-diameter baseballs.
King Gummy, 15,000+ hand-cast acrylic gummy bears.
Champeny and King Gummy.
(via Mental Floss)
Besides these mosaics, Champeny also creates a number of other sculptures and crafts using bright colors and materials in unexpectedly fun ways. You can see more of his work on his Tumblr and Facebook pages.