When Sai Saripally, a software engineer from Hyderabad went to the US in 2011, he happened to visit a branch of the International Plastic Modelling Society (IPMS). What he saw, inspired him to create his own sculptures.
For the past four years, Sai has been using materials like plastic, cardboard, metal and other waste materials, mostly from his son's toys and sticking them together with epoxy, to create detailed mini sculptures on various themes.
"I got inspired by my art teacher John Raju in school and my uncle Srinivas who is a painter," he says. The first one he ever did was a sculpture of an orc – an imaginary human-like creature in fantasy literature.
His other sculptures include a one-foot tall sculpture of the logo of Prime Minister Modi's 'Make in India' campaign.
A native of Vizag, Sai also plans to meet Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu one day and handover this sculpture, as a tribute for building the state's new capital of Amaravati.
"After a tiring week at work, it gives me great relief to do this creative stuff in my free time," Sai adds.
Sai, was also fascinated by Telugu director SS Rajamouli's 'Baahubali', and has sculpted a few Baahubali characters like Shivudu, Kattapa and Kalkeya.
I have also recently created a replica of the Titanic. I am also planning to create sculptures of the characters from Baahubali 2, so I am eagerly waiting for the release of the second part," he added.