A paper airplane is pretty much the most complicated thing I can make by folding paper, which is what makes this grand piece of artwork by professional origami artist Sipho Mabona all the more impressive. This life-sized white elephant stands 3m (10 ft) tall and weighs a whopping 250kg (550lbs) – and it was all folded out of a single 15m x 15m (50ft x 50ft) sheet of paper.
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Many people see art as something with many barriers to entry – maybe the materials are expensive, maybe you don’t have the space, or maybe you think it’s difficult, requiring many specialized tools. Sometimes that’s true, but the artists here have created incredible works using almost nothing but paper and scissors or knives.
As a part of the 2013 Artaq Festival, french artist Mademoiselle Maurice presented three new pieces of paper street art in the city of Angers, France. The colorful installations were made of 30,000 pieces of origami with the help of local school kids, adults or “leisure centers’” residents. The Saint-Maurice cathedral was adorned with two installations—a geometric pattern on the front gate and a rainbow of origami on the front steps. A third installation, a massive origami mural, was placed on the banks of the Maine river.
It is a common phenomenon that people, in nervous situations, scratch off the label of their beer bottle. Origami label is about making something constructive out of this situation. If you follow the indications on the label, you can fold it into a flower.
Isaac Salazar, an accountant born in Texas, brings back life to old books by creating interesting pieces of book origami. It’s his way of recycling a book that might otherwise end up in a landfill. He has been creating these for almost 2 years now. His books first started out simple and have recently become more intricate.
A Dutch artist Bert Simons takes paper folding art into the whole new level by creating these hyper-realistic 3D paper sculptures, and the best part is that you can build a 3D Bert portrait yourself! Print the 12 pages on thick (80 grams) paper and start making your own personal Bert.
Almost any laminar material can be used for folding, but usually it’s a plain paper. However, as we (humans and pandas) are very creative, it was not long before paper money became a popular material to create origami with – this is known variously as Dollar Origami, Orikane, and Money Origami.