Photo credit: Jo Fitzpatrick / Robin Wight

These aren’t optical illusions, just real fairy sculptures by UK-based artist Robin Wight. To construct them, he first builds a steel wire exoskeleton and then uses different gauges of wire to create muscles, limbs, and skin, wrapping them around the skeleton until they form a dense, lifelike form. The details don’t stop there, as inside each of these figures there lies a heart of stone, sometimes even engraved with messages to make each piece unique and personalized. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

My Modern Met says, “The Staffordshire resident, who only started constructing fairy sculptures a few years ago as a simple hobby, was inspired by a photo he took in the woods one day. In the image, a hazy shimmer partially obscures a tree branch, revealing a mysterious, fairy-like shape. Whether the enigmatic form was a trick of the light or an otherworldly sign, Wight’s imagination has been captured by fairies ever since, resulting in his magical sculptures.”