Online Paper: Dances with Tatanka – Amazing Cast Paper Sculptures

Two points to anyone who can figure out what “Tatanka” means and what movie I got that from.  WAIT!  No cheating just yet – lay off the google browser first. LOL

I’m not sure if any of you have seen these but I just stumbled upon it recently and I am in a sharing mood, so there.  Besides, this benefits those who haven’t seen it yet, and this kind of stuff has to be shared.

I’ll let the images speak for themselves…


Can you imagine how hard it is to do the grass?...

the feathers?...

the details?

These sculptures are made of paper.

That’s right.  Allen and Patty Eckman created those sculptures.  To me, it’s like paper crafts to the nth degree!  I have no idea how they made those art pieces so I went and did a quick search and this is what I came up with:

Cast Paper Sculptures – Quick!  Now you can google all you want.

From what I gather, you need to mix an acid-free paper pulp in a hydro-pulper ( huh? )  using 2 raw stocks of cotton and abica.  Then you cast the pulp into molds  of clay sculptures.  Then you put the paper under vacuum pressure in the mold.  Doing this extracts the water while letting the pulp dry through evaporation at the same time.   Then detailing is done on the resulting cast and you eventually end up with a sculpture like the one’s I posted.

Right!  I’m sure it’s not as easy as I wrote it.  For more details about the process, go check out their site.  You’ll find more of their stuff over there.  Me, I’m just speechless and overwhelmed.  Very creative stuff right there folks!  You figure you can do the same?

Anyway, I just wanted to share.  Cheers to all!

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7 Responses to “Online Paper: Dances with Tatanka – Amazing Cast Paper Sculptures”

  1. Dave says:

    it means buffalo in the sioux or Lakota language and you got it from the movie “dances with wolves”, i love that movie. these are awesome works of art, i don’t know how anyone has the patience and ability to do this stuff. i surely don’t but appreciate the beauty none the less. have a great day , love your site also. dave

  2. A Gyoker says:

    Tatanka means buffalo in indian language .The movie was dancing with wolves.

  3. James Ronald Lo says:

    From Baykiddead through the contact form:
    > it means buffalo and i’m assuming you got it from dances with wolves…

  4. James Ronald Lo says:

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for chiming in. I like that movie too, but since I’m a big post apo fan, I like Water World just a bit more – despite all the criticisms. 😉

    I agree with you. Those cast paper sculptures are way up there on the “totem pole” of production complexity ( in my view ). I admire it a lot, as well as the amount of patience and skill to complete each piece, but I’ll stick with my paper toys thank you very much. LOL

    I wouldn’t mind trying it though.

    Your comment on the site is much appreciated. Thanks. Cheers!

  5. James Ronald Lo says:

    Right you are Gyoker!
    Thanks for commenting. Did you like the movie too?

  6. Dave says:

    hey I love Water World, too. my favorite version is the one with the mt. everest plaque on the ground. really makes you think about where to go when it rains really hard. lol anyway did you ever see ‘the postman’? he’s pretty good in that one also. it is a post apo movie also. regards, dave

  7. James Ronald Lo says:

    Yep, I saw “The Postman” too. Now if we can only have a Post Apocalyptic Steam Punk movie… LOL

    How about ” The Book of ELI “? More recent and a bit different than the Costner movies but it’s Post Apo still. Also were you able to catch some episodes of ” Jericho “?

    I’m trying to think of other post apo movies or shows that came out recently ( note: not zombie-related )…

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