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30 Odd Modern Busts

From Matchstick Sculptures to Coin Bank Beethoven Busts

— November 7, 2010 — Art & Design
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.
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Classical Sound Systems
Classical Sound Systems
The Beathoven Speaker is Modeled After Beethovan the Composer
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Headbust Banks
Headbust Banks
The 'Nea Bank' Uses a Head for Money Storage
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Crystal Pop Legend Busts
Crystal Pop Legend Busts
Swarovski Michael Jackson by Galaxia Crystal Art is Out of Control
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Creepy Crying Appliances
Creepy Crying Appliances
The DL & Co. 'Deirdre' Candle Sheds a Molten Wax Tear
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Porky Celeb Portraits
Porky Celeb Portraits
The Bacon Kevin Bacon Statue Will Raise Money for Charity
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Functional Classical Decor
Functional Classical Decor
Fiona Thomson Lights and Speakers
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Celebrity Robots
Celebrity Robots
Interactive Elvis Bust
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Pixelated Techie Portraits
Pixelated Techie Portraits
The Steve Jobs Bust is Depicted in a 3D Digital Sculptural Style
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Obama Shaped Chocolate
Obama Shaped Chocolate
The Choc-O-Bama is Change You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
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Viral Ancient Statues
Viral Ancient Statues
Fans Say 3,000 Year Old Egyptian Bust Looks Like Michael Jackson
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Celebrity Busts
Celebrity Busts
Wired & Natural Approach to Art
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Tetrisculptures
Tetrisculptures
Our Obsession Reaches New Heights With the 3D Tetris Head
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Luxury Home Narcissism
Luxury Home Narcissism
Company Makes 'You Look Like A Million Dollars' With Personalized Busts
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Paint-Dipped Busts
Paint-Dipped Busts
Ludwig Creates Blue Lacquered Beethoven for Conveyor @ Fred Segal
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Distorted Traditional Statues
Distorted Traditional Statues
Affiliati Peducci/Savini Manipulate Marble and Classic Beauty
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Dead President Heads
Dead President Heads
These David Herbert Sculptures are Scary yet Artistic
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Superhero Busts
Superhero Busts
The War Machine Collectible Bust for Iron Man 2
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Gory Pinatas
Gory Pinatas
Abel Saucedo's Macabre Sculptures Comment On Mexico Drug War
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Swimtastic Wax Models
Swimtastic Wax Models
These Carole Feuerman Sculptures Look Like They Went for a Dip
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Macabre Mini Busts
Macabre Mini Busts
The Family Skulls by Brian Morris
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Smoking Chromatic Busts
Smoking Chromatic Busts
'Keep Your Head' With the Paco Peregrin Neo2 Editorial
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Recycled Barkitecture
Recycled Barkitecture
Old Wood is Used for Michael Ferris Jr's Detailed Portrait Sculptures
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Cutesy Villain Busts
Cutesy Villain Busts
Nick Ramey's Ceramic Art Will Blow You Away
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Risque Political Sculptures
Risque Political Sculptures
Bare-Chested Michelle Obama Bust
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Diseased Sculptures
Diseased Sculptures
Human Pathology Busts by Paul Komoda Show Effects of Syphilis
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Matchstick Sculptures
Matchstick Sculptures
David Mach Creates Fiery Works of Art
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Plastic Surgery Sculptures
Plastic Surgery Sculptures
The Marc Quinn Exhibition Takes Art to Insane Measures
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Photorealistic Sculptures
Photorealistic Sculptures
Jamie Salmon Creates Frighteningly Life-Like Art
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Emotive Sculptures
Emotive Sculptures
Adam Beane Creates a Revolutionary Artistic Material Called CX5
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Photorealistic Busts
Photorealistic Busts
Marc Sijan's Human Sculptures are Incredibly Lifelike
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