Paper Architecture is the art of creating an object out of a single piece of paper. Before the final design is finished, something like 20 to 30 (sometimes even more) prototypes are made by Ingrid. Ingrid Siliakus first discovered paper architecture by seeing work of the originator of this art form Prof. Masahiro Chatani (architect and professor in Japan).
Wataru Itou, a talented art student from Tokyo, spent 4 years of his life building this trully incredible paper castle.
Named Umi no Ue no Oshiro (A Castle on the Ocean), currently displaying at Uminohotaru in Tokyo, Itou’s papercraft castle has an immense amount of detail including fully functional lighting and a train that moves along the tracks. Amazing just isn’t the right term to describe this piece.
The stunning elegance of Jeff Nishinaka’s paper art calls for a new definition of paper. His meticulous sculptural 3D work appears to have been created from marble or extremely fine sand or vanilla ice cream or thick foam — definitely of something other than “just” paper. The Los Angeles-born artist works mainly with white, which makes the exquisite play of light and shadow a large part of the appeal of his work.
One might assume that there is very little demand for work that uses one medium and one color. Not so. Nishinaka’s work pops up everywhere in the most unexpected places, from medical illustrations of the structure of the eye, to private portrait commissions, to a life-size garden for a hotel.