“Brett Kern” Ceramic Sculptures Look Like Inflatable Dinosaurs, Balloons, And Other Inflatable Toys

Artist Brett Kern creates detailed ceramic objects that at first appear almost indistinguishable from inexpensive inflatable toys. Kern mimics the tell-tale wrinkles and forms of air-filled toys like dinosaurs, astronauts, balloons, and even whoopie cushions-all made from clay.

Brett Kern ceramic sculptures look like inflatable dinosaurs, balloons, and other inflatable toys

These ‘inflated toys’ may look like they’re full of hot air, but they are in fact delicate, hand-crafted solid sculptures.

American artist Brett Kern, from Pennsylvania, has created a series of hyper-realistic ceramic models that look like inflatable toys.

His pieces are so realistic, many people don’t realise they are solid pieces of art until they touch them.

Kern said his work is inspired by an inflatable dinosaur he was given by his mother for his good behaviour while his sister was being born.

Kern likens his mould-making process for his ceramic casts to the fossilization process.

Brett Kern ceramic sculptures look like inflatable dinosaurs, balloons, and other inflatable toys

He said the objects are ‘covered in a material that captures their shape and texture and this, in turn, preserves the object as a rock-like representation’.

He adds: ‘Movies, television, toys and games dominated the cultural landscape of my youth. I am a product of this specific time period, and I like to think of my artwork as the fossils that will help preserve it.’

While an inflatable toy may cost just a few dollars, one of Kern’s artworks go for between $500 and $800.

His pieces include dinosaurs, rabbits and even astronauts.

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