Looking something like wireframe models built out of paper, artist Jill Sylvia creates her insanely detailed architectural models out of a very unique material: hand-cut ledger paper. Using the often book-bound sheets of lined paper, she cuts minuscule holes between each of the sheets colored lines, giving the paper a perforated surface that becomes partially see-through. Once assembled, her models of classic U.S. architecture like the White House, Jefferson Memorial and U.S. Capitol Building, reveal their hidden inner details – like magnificent columns and domed ceilings.
Because of the intense detail involved in each model, it would be easy to assume that each was quite large… but don’t be fooled: in the case of the beautiful Jefferson Memorial featured above and below, it’s only 5.25″ x 5.5″ x 6.5″. When you look at the close-up images showing the masterful folds and joints involved in each of these pieces, you realize the insanely delicate touch required.
Sylvia continues to explore the interesting patterns found within perforated ledger sheets, in some cases stringing multiple sheets together into flowing, grate like ribbons of the material, in others working with a few of the sheets in bound, book-like form. See more from this highly detailed artist at jillsylvia.com.
The medium behind it all: hand-cut ledger paper.