Beautiful paper buildings
Paper artists keep coming up with inventive ways to turn the two-dimensional medium into eye-catching pieces of art. Peter Callesen is a Danish designer and sculptor who creates mini versions of actual buildings and infrastructure out of plain white A4 size paper.
In order to create her works, Callesen says, „I remove all the data and start over from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet. I believe I have discovered a substance that we can all connect to, yet at the same time, the A4 size paper sheet is impartial and available to replace with a multiple meanings.“ „The paper sculptures‘ modest scale and thin white paper give them a frailty that emphasizes the sad and beautiful subject of my pieces,“ the artist says.
His works cover a wide range of styles, including everything from fairytale castles to enormous stupas to ancient Greek ruins. Callesen builds each one by scoring, folding, and cutting the paper. But even after he’s finished, he keeps the finished structure enclosed in the paper it was made of, emphasizing the miraculous change that gave rise to it. Callesen says, „The paper cut artworks investigate the conceivable and magical metamorphosis of the flat piece of paper into shapes that grow into the land surrounding them.“Although the figures are still stuck in their original positions with no chance of fleeing, the negative and empty two-dimensional space left by the cut shows the difference to the three-dimensional actuality it generates. In that way, many of the cuts also have a tragic element to them.
Visit Callesen’s site to view more of his work, and join him on Insta to stay up to speed with his newest endeavors and shows.
From a separate piece of paper, the Danish designer Peter Callesen fashions magnificent creations.