09/19/2012 05:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Martin Klimas' Porcelain Fighter 'Temporary Sculptures' Are Smashing (PHOTOS)

Martin Klimas, the "3-D Jackson Pollock" famous for his paint sculptures made from sound vibrations, also staged a series of dramatic "temporary sculptures" by dropping porcelain fighter figurines from a height of 3 meters (about 9.8 feet), and photographing the moment of impact.

Interestingly enough, these awesome images are also created using sound. According to the artist's Web site, the noise that the figurines make when they hit the ground tripped the shutter release on the camera. In that sense, sound was a determining factor in creating visual art.


"The porcelain statuette bursting into pieces isn't really what captures the attention," Klimas wrote. "The fascination lies in the genesis of a dynamic figure that replaces the static pose."

In other words, the stationary objects -- whose poses merely suggest motion -- get a new, albeit temporary, life the moment they are destroyed. The violent end of the kitschy figurines echoes the likely fate of the warriors they depict.

This gallery of Klimas' porcelain fighters was posted to Reddit on Sept. 19 and quickly rose to the top of one of the social news site's photography discussion forums.

Some of the comments on the forum turned to the discussion of the physics of shattering porcelain, especially the tendency of shards to fly off in every which direction.


(via Reddit)