Michael Murphy is a Georgia-based artist who creates incredible multilayered sculptures, one of which was created for TIME Magazine for their iPad edition of their annual Person of the Year issue out of cardboard. Murphy designed a huge 8′ X 6′ X 7′ cardboard sculpture of President Barack Obama consisting of 66 hand-cut cardboard plates suspended from above, the sculpture is meant to take on different meaning depending on your vantage point.
“Straight on, the shapes are perfectly organized, creating a graphic portrait of Obama as a strong leader,” states Murphy. “As the viewer moves around the sculpture, seeing it and the points of view change, the image of the president becomes distorted and the layers become their own separate pieces. In the distortion, viewers are encouraged to see the red and blue edges of the plates as indications of the electoral divides. From the side, the forward momentum of the piece, as it protrudes out into space suggests growth, progress, movement, and the partisan divide.” — Michael Murphy