These Sculptures Are Made From An Everyday Item

button-sculpture

Artist Augusto Esquivel creates sculptures using not only an unexpected medium, but also an unexpected way of using them. To create his life-sized, three-dimensional pieces, he uses buttons and thread. But he doesn’t sew the buttons to anything. Oh no. Instead, Esquivel hangs the buttons on the thread to create a 3D sculpture using nothing but meticulously sorted colored buttons.

Esquivel’s sculptures explore appearance and expectation versus reality, with the strings of buttons masquerading as a solid, substantial objects. But in reality, they’re just a fragile arrangement of parts.

button-sculpture

button-sculpture

button-sculpture

Esquival’s sculptures run the gamut from still life objects of varying sizes to miniature landscapes to abstract forms. He can even create portraits using strands of buttons hung in a two-dimensional, curtain-like arrangement. Even though on their own they might seem insignificant, the buttons come together, each one playing a vital role in the final product. “Like an atom in a molecule, each button serves and shapes the whole,” Esquival explains on his site.

button-sculpture

button-sculpture

button-sculpture

button-sculpture

button-sculpture

button-sculpture