Foreigner inspires Changchun man to try making art, the internet rejoices

A man from Jilin Province has thrilled the internet with his handmade artworks, including a sculpture of Optimus Prime made entirely from discarded tree branches.

Liu Xuedong from Changchun, the capital of north China’s Jilin Province, has stunned the Internet with his handmade artworks, which include a 3D image of a galloping horse made up of over 300,000 toothpicks, and a transformer made out of tree branches.

Liu made use of branches trimmed by gardeners two months ago and formed them into the shape of Optimus Prime. The lifelike transformer, fixed in shape with more than 500 screws, has been painted red and blue. It took Liu two months to compete the sculpture.

Three years ago, Liu was inspired by a foreigner who made a giant running horse image and set a new Guinness world record. He then decided to create his own version.

Liu owned a barbecue restaurant back then and boasted a large number of toothpicks. He spent more than three months finishing the 3D galloping horse, eventually using 300,000 toothpicks.

The stereoscopic horse image extends three meters in length and is 1.5 meters wide. It is formed with polyfoam which was then stabbed with toothpicks at varying depths.

Liu also signed up for a world tournament with his handmade water-cooled chassis.

Liu said the 3D horse marked the beginning of his hand making enthusiasm. He plans to make some large handicrafts, including a Batman tumbler or other custom-made handyworks, in the future.

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