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Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Assembled from hundreds of cutout plants and animals from repurposed textbooks, artist Andrea Mastrovito created a striking installation where a colony of bats clings to the ceiling, a flight butterflies swarm the gallery walls, and all matter of insects, mamammals and plants intermingle across the floor. The sprawling artwork spans the realms of collage, diorama and trompe-l’œil and was inspired in part by H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. Titled The Island of Dr. Mastrovito and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II the piece was first installed at Governors Island in New York back in 2010 and again last year in a different configuration at Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. Via the artist:

His starting points for this site-specific work are the two most common forms of home recreation—books and television. The title of his installation refers to H. G. Wells’ famous novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, in which the archetypal “mad” scientist experiments upon animals in order to give them human traits. In this “Island,” the artist substitutes himself for the doctor, trying to instill a new life into that which was once alive in a different way (books from paper, paper from wood, and wood from trees). Mastrovito imagines that the outside fauna take control of the abandoned house and become its proper inhabitants. Approximately 700 books were brought under the artist’s knife to cut out real-size images of animals. This trompe-l’oeil, or paper diorama, also suggests the strength of images, the infinite possibilities that knowledge—through books—can give us in order to create and re-create the world that we can only imagine.

You can see much more of Mastrovito’s work over on his website.

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New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

It’s been over two years since we last featured the work of French duo Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim&Zou (previously here and here). The pair of graphic designers create paper sculpture, installations, and illustrations for leading luxury brands, books, magazines as well as their own edification. Collected here are a number of works from the last few years and you can explore much more over on their website and on Behance.

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Artist Sipho Mabona Successfully Folds Life-sized Origami Elephant from Single Sheet of Paper

Artist Sipho Mabona Successfully Folds Life sized Origami Elephant from Single Sheet of Paper sculpture paper origami elephants
Photo by Philipp Schmidli

Artist Sipho Mabona Successfully Folds Life sized Origami Elephant from Single Sheet of Paper sculpture paper origami elephants
Photo by Philipp Schmidli

Artist Sipho Mabona Successfully Folds Life sized Origami Elephant from Single Sheet of Paper sculpture paper origami elephants
Photo by Philipp Schmidli

Artist Sipho Mabona Successfully Folds Life sized Origami Elephant from Single Sheet of Paper sculpture paper origami elephants
Photo by Philipp Schmidli

Following a successful campaign on Indiegogo which raised nearly $26,000, artist Sipho Mabona followed through on his promise to fold a life-sized elephant from a single giant sheet of paper. The piece stands over 10 feet tall (3 meters) and took a team of nearly a dozen people over four weeks to fold. The final sculpture is on view at KKLB in Beromünster, Switzerland. Photos by Philipp Schmidli. (via My Modern Met)

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Li Hongbo: Statues in Motion

Li Hongbo: Statues in Motion sculpture paper

There’s been a tremendous amount of coverage online and off about artist Li Hongbo’s astounding paper sculptures constructed from stacks of layered paper that can flex and contort into eye-popping shapes. You can read previous posts here on Colossal for more detail about his work, but if you just can’t get enough, you’re in luck. Kid Guy Collective in collaboration with Eli Klein from Klein Sun Gallery, have finally documented the artist’s sculptures in a truly artful way. Shot at 240 frames per second, the video finally captures the fine details of Hongbo’s work for those of us unable to see them up close. Want even more? Here’s an extended cut.

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New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Filmed by Audrey Kwok at Artstage 2014 in Singapore

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

New Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo sculpture paper
Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

Currently on view at Klein Sun Gallery in New York, artist Li Hongbo (previously) has an exhibition of new and old work titled Tools of Study. Hongbo is known for his unconventional figurative sculptures made from thousands of sheets of flexible paper that twist and elongate in almost any direction, many of which take several months to complete. Via Klein Sun:

Li Hongbo’s stunning, stretchable, paper sculptures, inspired by both traditional folk art and his time as a student learning to sculpt, challenge our perceptions. With a technique influenced by his fascination with traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds—made from glued layers of paper—Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form remarkably flexible sculptures.

An investigation into expression through one of the oldest mediums in history, Li Hongbo invites viewers to experience paper and sculpture in a revolutionary and insightful new way. Utilizing his expert knowledge of paper’s natural strengths and weaknesses, the artist has transformed the media to stretch, twist, elongate and retract as if it were a giant slinky. Through this juxtaposition of playful mobility and a traditional aesthetic, Li Hongbo breathes a unique life into his works that stuns and awes the viewer.

You can see his work up close at Klein Sun through March 2, 2014 and Arrested Motion stopped by to shoot some great installation views.

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A 1:60-Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi-Stewart

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

Inspired by high school architecture class where he was assigned to create simple paper models using cut paper manilla folders, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart went home to begin construction on an extremely ambitious project: a 1:60 scale reproduction of a Boeing 777 using some of the techniques he learned in class. That was in 2008, when Iaconi-Stewart was just a junior in high school.

Unbelievably, the project continues five years later as he works on and off to perfect every aspect of the plane. Relying on detailed schematics of an Air India 777-300ER he found online, he recreates the digital drawings in Adobe Illustrator and then prints them directly onto the paper manilla folders. But everything has to be perfect. So perfect, that Iaconi-Stewart says he’s actually built two airplanes, the one you see here and the numerous failed attempts including three tails, two entire sets of wings, and multiple experiments to ensure everything is just so.

The paper plane-making wunderkind hopes to finally wrap up the project this summer and isn’t quite sure what will happen next, but thinks an even larger 20-foot model could be an interesting next step. So far there are no plans for the completed model to go anywhere, but it would look great in an aeronautical museum or in the lobby of a certain aircraft manufacturer’s lobby. Just some suggestions. All photos courtesy Luca Iaconi-Stewart. (via Wired)

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DIY Printable Paper Typewriter Calendars

DIY Printable Paper Typewriter Calendars typewriters paper calendars

DIY Printable Paper Typewriter Calendars typewriters paper calendars

DIY Printable Paper Typewriter Calendars typewriters paper calendars

Back in the day I used to do a nice roundup of cool calendars, but didn’t have time this year. Luckily Design Milk, Cool Hunting, and Freshome have you covered if you’re still looking for a way to track 2014 on paper. Etsy also has a solid list of calendars that includes this awesome DIY Printable Paper Typewriter Calendar (alternate design) in the form of a miniature typewriter from the folks at Mumbai-based SkyGoodies. It’s a downloadable PDF that you print, cut and fold for just $5. Fun! (via Green Chair Press)

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