No ink. No pencils. Just shadows and light on folded white paper. German artist Simon Schubert creates gorgeous images of architectural masterpieces by folding plain, white cellulose paper. In the incredible animation below, you can follow a “ghost” through one of his fictional paper mansions. The video was created using 100 sheets of Schubert’s fine paper works. To show the intricacy of each frame, we have used images of some of his other works not found in the video. As a paper sculptor, Schubert is a master of shadow and light; the depth of each fold measures just millimeters, yet each one creates just enough shade to give them the illusion of palatial quarters.
In an interview with Design Boom, Schubert said:
As a sculptor I work with my paper folding technique to create the folded paper reliefs and different other techniques to build my sculptures. For the sculptures I use all kind of techniques to achieve a realistic, illusionary result.
The huge empty rooms in Schubert’s works convey a feeling of isolation and loneliness. Inspired by Samuel Beckett, whose image was his first paper folding project, and Edgar Allen Poe, he sticks to themes mystery to “confront the viewer with his own subconscious fears and anxieties.” The respected artist was recently called upon by well-known vodka company, ABSOLUT, “in its perpetual quest for purity,” to use his unadulterated technique to create images for their ABSOLUT Purity ad campaign. See the final product and a bit of the process of Schubert’s technique at the bottom of the post.