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Daniel Agdag works with a limited arsenal of tools: a surgical scalpel, some cardboard, every so often a circular cutter and lots of glue. But from that humble toolkit, he makes sculptures that are mind-bendingly complex. For the past 10 years, the Melbourne, Australia artist has been building intricate cardboard sculptures in the form of whimsical flying machines and rickety roller coasters. They look like pencil sketches brought to life, and with good reason.
Long before Agdag began crafting his cardboard pieces, he was drawing them in his notebook. He’d sketch crazy roller coasters and off-beat architectural structures. One day he visited his neighbor (an architect), who showed him models made from boxboard. “I said, ‘Can I have some of that cardboard,’ and from there I started creating my roller coasters,” he recalls. “All of a sudden what was on the page became this really elaborate 3-D sculpture.”[…]