Peter Callesen’s Pulp Fiction
Tall Tower of Babel, 2005.
This morning, we received an e-mail about some sham art contest put on by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. The challenge, read the message, was for contestants to create works of art using only one sheet of paper. The results were amazing, three-dimensional masterpieces that conveyed perspective, density, and wonder—all from a little bit of pulp. Turns out there was no contest, and these works were actually created by one man, Danish artist Peter Callesen. Of his paper cuts, Callesen explains, “I feel that I have found a material which, on one hand, we all are able to relate to, and which on the other hand is non-loaded and neutral and therefore easier to fill with different meanings.” —Nick Haramis