These paper creations laugh mockingly at the swan or flower you used to create in study hall. Some are remarkably creative and some are mind-boggling in their complexity. These origami masterpieces are marvels!
Origami Master: Taking over 40 hours to fold, which was spread out over several months, Satoshi Kamiya from Japan produced this eight-inch-tall Eastern dragon (or ryuu in Japanese) with a thousand overlapping scales.
Castle on the Ocean: Wataru Ito, an origami artist from Japan, spent four years creating this model city named Castle on the Ocean. This 2.4 meter by 1.8 meter by 1 meter high city went on display at an exhibition on the artificial island of Umihotaru, near Tokyo, Japan. Plans for the display after the exhibition? Mr. Ito plans to burn the paper city down.
Iron Man Light: Origami artist, Brian Chan constructed this origami model of Iron Man from only one piece of paper.
This American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) was designed and folded by Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander. Featured in the Origami Now! exhibition at the Peabody/Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts this origami ‘gator measured a full 6 feet in length!
Vroom! Yes, this model of a V-12 four-stroke engine actually runs! With the help of electrical wires, swtiches, a resistor, a motor and a battery holder, this engine moves just like a real one. Taking over 4 years to design and build, this origami engine was constructed out of 1,978 pieces of paper and weighs 3.2 lbs.
Rain, rain go away: While these outfits show some amazing origami skills, these ladies should probably stay indoors and away from open flames! This French collection, complete with dainty little hats, is defnitely more art than functional clothing.
These three figurines were inspired by The Lord of the Rings characters. Each model was made from only one sheet of uncut paper.
Dan McPharlin, a native of Adelaide, Australia uses his artistic skills to exercise his passion for classic vintage synthesizers. Mr. McPharlin uses paper of different colors and forms to create the keys, knobs, and faders of miniature model synthesizers reminiscent of those electronics of the 1970s made by Moog, Korg, ARP Instruments and Roland.
Palicio del marques de Salamanca is a model by Ingrid Siliakus, a paper artist/architect from the Netherlands who specializes in models of classic architecture.
Won Park, a self-proclaimed “money folder”, created this koi fish out of an American one dollar bill.
This is probably more bookmark than anyone needs! Created for a bookstore in the Czech Repulic, this papercraft delivered a powerful message for a series of advertisements to promote reading to children.
No Ugly Duckling: This beautiful swan took around 2 weeks to fold and build.
French origami master Eric Joisel made this snail out of one piece of wet-folded rectangular paper.