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Origami Artist Makes A Real-Sized Elephant Out of One Single Sheet of Paper

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Credits : Shibo Mabona

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding and has been around for centuries since the country’s Edo period. Although it originated in East Asia, it has become popular in many countries throughout the world.

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There are actually many levels to it, but like with anything in life, practice can only make you better.

Those of us who have only ever folded a paper airplane would never think to create anything more, let alone a giant replica of something. Most of us would be happy to fold a crane that didn’t look like it had its neck broken.

Professional origami artist Sipho Mabano went one step further and decided to create something incredible. With a team of about 10 people, the artist spent about a month working on the project until it was completed.

Because of the money brought in from crowdfunding, the group was able to document the project from conception to completion.

The project cost totaled to about $26,000. It was created using a single white sheet of paper that measured at 50×50. The sculpture stands at about 10ft and weighs an insane 550lbs. No, those numbers are not exaggerated. Put enough of something in one spot it’ll become heavy eventually.

Mabona, like all of us with our own interests, began his in origami at the age of 5 after paper airplanes just didn’t do it for him anymore.

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If you don’t believe that such a massive origami elephant exists even after seeing pictures, take a trip out to Switzerland to visit the KKLB museum in Beromunster if you want to see it in person.

Many of the people who ‘practice’ origami find it a very peaceful activity that teaches them to be calm and patient. It’s a good way to relieve stress, and if you work hard at it, you might be able to make a crane the size of that elephant.

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