The Most Lifelike Pop Culture Sculptures Ever
One way ticket to the uncanny valley, please.
The Internet is ripe with artists who create pieces based on pop culture superstars from science fiction, horror, and fantasy movies and television. One of the most impressive art techniques is the creation of lifelike busts sculpted from latex, rubber and actual human skin (not really). We thought it would be fun to round up the coolest, most realistic, most impressive, and most downright creepy examples of these sculptures, just in case you were sleeping too well.
1. Mr. Spock
Schell Sculpture Studio created this incredible Mr. Spock noggin that is so lifelike and realistic that I wouldn’t be surprised if we discovered that Leonard Nimoy was soon found missing his head.
2. Beavis and Butt-Head
You’re about to see Kevin Kirkpatrick’s name on this list numerous times, and based on this “what if Beavis and Butt-head were actual humans” piece that went beyond viral around a year ago, you’ll understand why. The guy is a genius and these busts are perfection.
3. Grand Moff Tarkin
Another from Schell Sculpture Studio, and this one is pretty much the most terrifying (yet stunning) thing of all time. Star Wars‘ Grand Moff Tarkin is just a creepy dude, so he fittingly makes for a creepy bust. Pay special attention to coloring around his eyes, the lines around his mouth, the slight 5 o’clock shadow, and the bloodshot eyeballs.
4. Hunter S. Thompson
Here’s a killer concept. Kevin Kirkpatrick created this Hunter S. Thompson (or Raoul Duke) piece based on the writer’s legendary book-turned-Johnny-Depp-movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that is a sculpture, but it is. I couldn’t imaging seeing this thing while in the mental state that Thompson lived in.
The introduction of the bed-ridden, wretched Zelda from the Pet Sematary film based on Stephen King’s novel is one of the all-time scariest scenes in horror movie history, so this bust is fittingly skin-crawling. Just look into the eyes! Also, is it just me, or is this floating in mid air?
EJ Pang brought your favorite toy and cartoon hero to life with this muscular mount of manliness .When I was kid and playing with my Masters of the Universe toys in the backyard, I always imagined what it would be like if He-Man was an actual guy, now, thanks to Pang, I know what it’s like, and it scares me to death.
One of us! One of us! This is…I mean…jeepers creepers, man.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force‘s neighbor Carl makes the leap from Adult Swim series to our world thanks to Kevin Kirkpatrick’s crazily-detailed work. Carl looks like every guy you’d find at the local OTB, and based on that intense stare, he just lost a buttload and now wants to kill you.
Eddie Wright likes monsters, and movies, and movies about monsters. He also writes for MTV Geek, MTV Splash Page, and MTV Movies Blog and is the author of Broken Bulbs and Tyranny of the Muse. Find him on Twitter at @eddiewright86.
Eddie previously interviewed director Steven Kostanski on How to Build A Better Manborg. For more insane craftsmanship, check out our interview with stop-motion animator Lee Hardcastle in T is for Terrorific!