Today the Department of Astounding Hyperrealism is exploring the awesome oversized sculptures created by Spanish artist Rómulo Celdrán. For his Macro series Celdrán wanted to inspire a sense of wonder about even the most mundane things. So he meticulously handcrafted giant versions of everyday objects, each perfectly accurate down to the smallest detail.
“As children, we view the world on a much larger scale than other people. In order to satisfy that feeling of relationship with the external world, many brands of toys try to create a world on a child’s scale. They manufacture cars, kitchens, tools and other objects to scale for children. That memory of playing, of curiosity, of identification with what we apprehended remains somehow fixed in our memory.”
From giant sponges and hot water bottles to spilled, crushed cans of paint, a used bottle cap and burnt match to a slice of bread that’s missing a single bite and a towering ice cube tray standing in a pool of water, each object is completely familiar but still utterly astonishing for its size, details, and imperfections. When creating an enormous ballpoint pen cap, Celdrán covered it in bite marks that look so real, we can’t help but wonder where the giant is who chewed on it in the first place: