Origami Artistry

Written by Alana Jolley

March 24, 2014

Origami Artistry

Origami Artistry is an illustration of cultural creativity, an asset that other organisms do not have. Culture allows humans to be creative!  We usually think Japanese when we think of Origami Artistry.  But think again.  This is one amazing creation, made from just one very large piece of paper!  You will need to copy (Control C) and paste (Control V) the links below into your browser to read the full story.  The following paragraph is a snippet from that story.

“Switzerland-based origami artist Sipho Mabona has created a life-sized elephant from just one sheet of paper measuring 15 by 15 meters. The project was financed through Internet-crowdfunding site Indiegogo where he raised over $26,000 from 631 funders. A webcam was installed that allowed people to watch the massive elephant take shape. The elephant, which stands more than 3 meters tall, took a team of nearly a dozen people over four weeks to create. Mabona had originally expected the attempt to take three to four people. The work is now on display in the museum KKLB in Beromünster, Switzerland.” Article about Origami Artistry is by Kaushik, 2014.


Origami artistry is nothing new for the Swiss origami master, Sipho Mabona.  He became interested in origami artistry when very young, making paper airplanes in unique designs.  By the time he was a teenager, he began to design other things besides paper airplanes.  Mabona’s Origami Artistry includes a magenta Rhinoceros, Gold Leaf Fish, White Fish in a Koi Pond, a Grizzly bear, and many other paper sculptures.

He is located in Luzern, Switzerland; and was the first foreigner to have his work portrayed on the cover of the “Japan Origami Academic Society.”  He also created an origami stop-motion video, which won a Grand Prize at the Eurobest, a gold at the New York festival, a gold at the London International Awards, and a silver at the Clio in Miami.

He is also a two times bronze winner at  ADC Germany.  His official website is at:


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