Sunday/ fold me an elephant

It is almost spring, and I was looking for cherry blossom pictures from the Seattle Japanese Garden when I stumbled upon origami artist Sipho Mabona’s life-sized paper elephant project.  He must be African, I thought, but he was born in Switzerland and lives there in Luzern.  The artist took a single 50 ft by 50 ft piece of paper, and folded an elephant out of it.  (He did have assistants help him lift the paper and fold it with his instructions).

Check out some of his other work on his Flickr page, at this link.

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Sipho Mabona wanted to prove that there are no limits to what can be made out of a uncut square piece of paper. He set out to fold a life-size replica of an elephant. Over the course of several weeks the monumental sculpture was folded at the Art Museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. A team of three assistants supported him on this mission.

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