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The man who made Moscow from paper: Teacher’s incredible origami models of iconic Russian cathedral

Published October 18, 2012 by Origami Architecture


Meet the man who built Moscow… from paper. Sergei Tarasov recently completed this remarkably detailed modular origami models of Saint Basil’s cathedral using folded bits of paper.

The school teacher spent the past year meticulously building the incredibly accurate replicas of the historic landmark in the Russian capital with tens of thousands of pieces of paper.

The 42-year-old, from the village of Tigritskoye in southern Russia, has plenty to show for all his hard work, as he unveiled the awe-inspiring work he built at home, which stands at 1.5 metres tall.

Tarasov said he didn’t even take a sketch of the impressive building, but was still able to produce his glorious interpretations of the cathedral for a Russian arts and crafts festival.

The art teacher has been fascinated by the Japanese art form origami for some time, and says that most of his free time is spent cobbling together the modular pieces which make up the parts of his models.

He has begun teaching origami to the children at the schools he works at, some 300 miles from the nearest major city, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

The talented modeller has somehow found the time to build animals like rabbits and roosters, as well as dragons, trains and other buildings.

A perfectionist, Tarasov is often forced to disassemble his works midway through building them to make crucial refinements, improving their accuracy and authenticity.  

So detailed are his creations, that they even adhere to a similar colour scheme as their giant, real-life counterparts. The orange-red brick of Saint Basil’s is reflected by red pieces of paper in Tarasov’s model.

St Basil’s is not the only cathedral Tarasov has built from paper. He also unveiled his take on the awe-inspiring Svyato-Spassky Cathedral in the southern Siberian town of Minusinsk.

Modular origami is a demanding practice and makes use of multiple pieces of paper to create more detailed and sophisticates models than would be possible using a single sheet.

Tarasov folds each individual piece of paper into a module and attaches those together to assemble parts before adding the larger shapes together to create his spectacular models.

But Tarasov is by no means finished building his models. The talented modeller is aiming to construct his own complete versions of the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow to add to his astounding collection.

The real-life version of Saint Basil’s, a Russian Orthodox church also known as the Cathedral of Saint Vasily the Blessed, was constructed under the orders of Ivan the Terrible between 1555 and 1561.

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V-Twin Engine origami paper model DIY kit

Published October 16, 2012 by Origami Architecture













This is a spectacular magical art for you to put together and is made with paper entirely (except two little wood sticks). This “V-Twin Engine” has semi-realistic exterior and interior detail. The size is about 70% of real engine. It is powered by hand. All patterns of parts are printed on the high quality neutral pH and acid-freeheavy paper, which can last for many years and will not turn brittle and yellow or fades with age. All parts are to be cut out and folded. No paint applied. It looks pure and elegant. Various shadows created by different light sources make the appearance more 3D. Moveable parts include a crankshaft, 2 rods, and 2 pistons. It is handcrafted with ruler, white glue and X-acto knife. The origami-reinforced structure is applied in the body of engine (they will not be seen). The origami-reinforced structures make the model very rigid and keep the pieces in the accurate positions.

Nowhere Near Life-Size Papercraft Gundam

Published October 16, 2012 by Origami Architecture


Taras Lesko went and built himself a 7-ft tall Gundam model out of paper. Paper, man! It still boggles my mind we can cut trees so thin. I guess they use like a giant version of one of those meat slicers from the deli. One time a friend tried to tell me paper’s actually made from wood pulp that’s been pressed together, but then I challenged him to make some paper out of my oatmeal and he couldn’t do it. Mostly because I’d already added just the right amount of butter and brown sugar and wouldn’t let him try, but I think he got the point. What he didn’t get, was a bite. Oh hell no bro, this is Quaker Oats DINOSAUR EGG oatmeal — I will f***ing murder you.

Nowhere Near Life-Size Papercraft Gundam | Geekologie.

Lifesize Papercraft Link (You Know, From Zelda!)

Published October 16, 2012 by Origami Architecture

This isn’t the first lifesize papercraft Link we’ve seen, it’s just the first one we’ve seen outdoors. Created by DeviantARTist stuioofmm (aka Michaela Something), it’s always nice to see a character in their natural element. Mine? My natural element is in the middle of a epic battle box of Girl Scout Cookies. :/

{Link is a life size papercraft model standing around 5’5. He is made completely from 250 gsm paper (about 4x stronger then normal paper). He has foam core supports in the top and bottom of his pants, top and bottom of his boots and a ring in his waist. There is also some in the back of his shield, and in the handle of the master sword.}

Link is made from 250+ pages, the initial template is 198, but there are layers of strips of paper inside for support, and 831 pieces. I worked on him constantly for a month, working approximately 12 hours each day but sometimes that number could go up to 20.

Not gonna lie, when I first saw a thumbnail picture I thought he was a giant piñata. “Haha — you would, GW!” I would what — hit that? All night long. Or him me, I don’t care. I swing every which-way, including blindfolded. What can I say, I’m kinky. “Pfft, blindfolds aren’t even kinky.” They are when you’re banging tree-people!

Lifesize Papercraft Link (You Know, From Zelda!) | Geekologie.

Bee Miniature Paper Sculpture

Published October 16, 2012 by Origami Architecture


This is a miniature paper sculpture of a bee which stands at 6 cm tall and was designed and crafted by artist Elsita.


{For the making of this bee I arranged 25 little pieces of paper that I carefully cut with a sharp knife and scissors. I gave volume to the pieces by pressing them from the backside with a wooden tool. Then the parts were glued together with professional acid free glue. The paper used is white 260 g/m smooth Bristol.}

Each is hand made and will look slightly different. The artist is selling them for $49.50 each, which seems a little steep for something I could probably make myself. And by ‘probably make myself’ I mean crumple up some paper and glue it together and then start crying because it looks absolutely nothing like this.

Sleeping Beauty’s ‘Maleficent’ As Paper Mache Dragon

Published October 16, 2012 by Origami Architecture


This is a paper mache bust of Maleficent in her dragon form from the fairytale-turned-Disney-classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’. It was created by paper mache expert Dan, who apparently gets insulted if you ask him to make you a pinata for your birthday. My bad, bro, I was just ASKING. “You fancy yourself a writer, right? How would you like it if I came and asked you to write product descriptions for air conditioners?” I…am not above that. WARNING: MANUFACTURER NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOUR BALLS FREEZE OFF. Boom — that was actually kind of fun.

Sleeping Beauty’s ‘Maleficent’ As Paper Mache Dragon | Geekologie.

Almost Seven-Foot Samus Aran Papercraft Sculpture

Published October 16, 2012 by Origami Architecture

This is a 6-foot, 10-inch papercraft Samus Aran sculpture made from nothing but paper, glue and patience by skilled paper folder IAmThatOneGuy. Me? IAmNOTThatOneGuy. As a matter of fact, you and I haven’t even met before. And if the cops show up I was never here and I DEFINITELY didn’t leave traveling west on a scooter. I dunno, tell them I ducked into a sewer with a Ninja Turtle or something. But not Donatello — one of the cool ones.

via Almost Seven-Foot Samus Aran Papercraft Sculpture | Geekologie.

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