Most of us have probably heard about Origami at some point in our lives – the ancient Japanese art of paper folding has been around since the 17th century and has become popular outside of Japan as well. But while most paper folding masters create simple representations of animals and still life, origami artist Sipho Mabona has decided to use the medium in a whole different way.
The Swiss paper-folding artist uses origami to create realistic paper sculptures. He uses a single piece of paper at a time and doesn’t cut the paper or use glue to hold it together.
His biggest work yet is a life-size white elephant. He used a single paper sheet measuring 50 by 50 feet to create a 10 sculpture. The project was crowdfunded and showed in the Art Museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. It took several weeks to complete, and Mabona had to hire three assistants for the mission. In his IndieGogo crowdfunding page, he described the project as ” [The] ultimate proof that there are no limits to what can be made out of an uncut square piece of paper”.
We don’t know what’d next for Mabona, but whatever it is, it’s sure to be amazing.