Paper Sculptures That Defy Expectations

A traditional Chinese papercraft is to make these toys, flowers and dragons and whatnot out of honeycomb latticed layers of delicate colored paper. Pull them apart and the form appears.

Li Hongbo, a Beijing book editor and designer, has worked almost in reverse. The flattened shape IS the form, often an entirely believable facsimile of an object that suddenly and inexplicably folds and extends. It is quite uncanny, especially when human forms are the ones the open and unfold.

Fitzcardboardaldo: Cardboard Homage to Fitzcarraldo

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Fitzcardboardaldo (above... beware the sound is pretty loud) is the work of puppet designer and paper crafter Robin Frohardt. The short video, an all cardboard homage to Fitzcarraldo (below) was shot and edited by Robin with special help from Nick Chatfield-Taylor. 

From Wikipedia:

Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory.