Translucent Origami Of Endangered Sea Birds

The skeletons of endangered birds and sea-life pop from flat sheets of paper into beautiful, eerie three-dimensional forms in Japanese designer Takayuki Hori’s series Oritsunagumono (things folded and connected). The pieces were his 1st place winning entry into the 2010 Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Award, in which student designers submit their senior thesis works to be judged by a group of artists, designers, professors and critics.

In this modern take on the ancient art of origami, Hori takes X-ray-like images of the animals bones and prints them precisely on translucent paper sheets. The perfectly planned layouts then fold into their final form allowing the translucent paper to reveal just the bones and feathers of the animals. This clever touch gives them an appearance of near reality.

Takayuki Hori is now a graduate of the Kanazawa College of Art having completed his MFA studies in visual communication design.


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