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DIY, magnetized sheet metal designs help real-life animals

Whether you’re an animal lover or art aficionado, you can try your hand at making your own unique metal animal sculpture, thanks to Poligon, a DIY art project. Poligon, created by London artists Rodrigo Solorzano and Matthew White, uses foldable metal sheets with magnets that allow you to build your own animal masterpiece. If you’re having trouble with your creature construction, Poligon also offers instructions with each piece so you can follow along to create a specified animal.

The project, inspired by the beauty of nature and the artists’ interest in geometric design, sculpture and metal, includes a variety of animal options. The first designs of the collection are the Penguin, Gorilla and Hump Back Whale. The artists have also created a special insect collection available on Kickstarter, which features simpler designs and no magnets. The insect sculptures – which are a single sheet of metal for each insect – can require small folds, so Poligon offers a folding tool to help. The insects include Bedbugs, Woodlouse, Ant, Mantis and Dragonfly.

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