Four years of blood, sweat and tears – yet not a drop to tarnish this incredible miniature city – an unprecedented work of origami art complete with moving parts, from motorized paper trains to real working electric lights.
Working with only the simplest modeling tools, Japanese artist Wataru Itou constructed this fantastic set of integrated structures using basic knives, scissors, hole punches and modeling glue.
Aesthetically somewhere between an idealized fairy-tale castle and an island fortress, the work takes on different moods with the shifting of its incredibly complex and spectrum-spanning colored lighting system.
And the architecture is not the whole story: sidewalks, streets, paths and doorways interconnect everything just as they would in a real-life city – cranes and construction equipment dot the landscape, implying a never-ending work in progress.
What is perhaps most amazing is how the entire work of art hangs together and yet conveys the sense of construction over time. Again, just like a real town or development, it looks as if it was built up over the years by various planners, architects and craftspeople – rather than one single, solitary, skilled and dedicated individual.