While researching ways to construct part of my thesis sculpture I stumbled across the work of artist Shi Jindian.  Jindian's wire mesh sculptures take this medium to new levels of hyper-realism.  Shown below is a scale recreation of the 1937 Chiangjiang, a Chinese military motorcycle that resembles the Russian Ural and German BMW (not only in style, but in versatility and ruggedness). 











"Say sculpture and most people think of something solid and opaque. Shi Jindian’s sculptures are made of steel, yet they are light, transparent, almost ethereal. After searching for years for “a material that was brand new, completely untraditional”, he settled on steel wires. By trial and error, he learned how to crochet the two-dimensional strands into three-dimensional forms using tools of his own devising. His wire meshes start out as wrappings around some common object. When the mesh is complete, Shi Jindian destroys or extracts the object, leaving only its steel “shadow”. The result, he says, is a kind of fiction, a virtual reality that can be walked around and touched."
 - Extracted from artist bio at WhiteRabbitCollection.org