From Matchstick Sculptures to Coin Bank Beethoven Busts

By: Marissa Brassfield - Nov 7, 2010   Updated: Mar 28 2011
Bust sculptures were a traditional way to portray famous figures, but these odd modern busts are anything but traditional. From busts made of matchsticks and trash to hyperrealistic facial sculptures, it's clear this art form has evolved over the ages.

See these odd modern busts and more above. Which is your favorite?

Implications - Traditional forms of art are making a resurgence, albeit with an updated aesthetic. Modern busts retain the elegance and cultural cachet of their ancestors, but frequently feature contemporary pop culture icons and celebrities and use unusual mediums and quirky details. Other artists take a subversive tone with their busts to make a political, social or socioeconomic statement.