At a glance you might think that these awesome pieces created by New York-based artist Kevin Champeny are simply big mosaics, but they’re actually a lot more complicated than that. Kevin’s work is an impressive and time-consuming fusion of painting, sculpting, and mosaics. He creates each and every tiny component for his large-scale pieces by hand, meaning that each little piece isn’t simply what it appears to be, a toy car or a piece of candy for example:

"He starts by building silicone molds of the original pieces, then casts them in color (meaning nothing is painted, each hue has to be mixed and cast) using various poly-urethane resins. The final objects numbering in the tens of thousands are then painstaking glued to a surface piece by piece, meaning that the entire process for each artwork spans several months to design, sculpt, mold, and cast."

The Día de los Muertos calavera skull you see at the top of this post is entitled Sweet Death. It’s 66” wide x 66” tall x 1.5” deep, and made of over 33,000 individually hand cast urethane pieces of candy. Wow.

The skull beneath it is a piece entitled What Remains. It’s 5’ wide x 4’ tall x 1” deep, and made of over 35,000 hand cast urethane flowers. Amazing.

Both pieces are beautiful and very impressive. Visit Kevin’s blog to view more of his astonishing artwork.

[via Colossal]