Paper City.

Paperholm is what artist Charles Young calls a "growing paper city," having added one new structure to its scaled-down streets daily for an entire year. Each is crafted by hand from paper and glue, and many — including windmills, carousels, and tiny, teetering trees — have moving parts. When I saw it, I thought immediately of Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, which is centered around a wooden model of a neighborhood in Paris, and which I read in one go, wide-eyed, on the plane from Amsterdam to New York.

See more at Paperholm, here. Many thanks to Colossal for the introduction.


  1. Wow this looks amazing and thanks for recommendation

  2. This is so cool! I have yet to read All the light We Cannot See (on the never-ending reading list), but this reminds me of The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia, where a monk turned origami surgeon would perform successful organ transplants with organs he folded out of paper.

  3. Wow, what an amazing find, and to think I stopped reading Colossal for reasons. Paper fascinates me as a material to sculpt from and I especially love that these images are animated too, I watched that car go in and out for far too long, thank you so much for sharing :)

    Erin | cd

  4. These are just so incredible. What a beautiful way to spend one's time. Thank you for sharing Shoko! Also, I read Doerr's book at the beginning of summer, and it's still with me, lodged deep in my brain. So, so good. Goosebumps-worthy! I have this yearning to visit Saint-Malo... Hopefully one day soon! Cheers :)

  5. Kathy, you would love it! And The People of Paper sounds amazing!

    Rasheeda, I'm still thinking about it, too! In fact, I still have yet to start another book since finishing it :)

  6. Oh my friggen goodness this is magical!



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