With the use of watercolor paper, PVA glue and a lot of patience, Edinburgh artist Charles Young has built this meticulously handcrafted metropolis he calls ‘‘Paperholm’. Over the past two years, Young has dedicated what I can only imagine to be countless hours to creating more than 600 handmade miniature architectural structures, including urban monuments, vehicles, residences and rollercoasters, each forming an integral part of the final cityscape.
The ‘Paperholm’ project is being exhibited for the first time at Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland starting today, through November 26th, 2016 as part of the NEoN Digital Arts Festival. The expansion of the city sees each of the models and freestanding constructions made with watercolor paper, which has been folded, creased, cut and secured using PVA glue. Young’s use of these simple mediums and methods allows for quick construction, as well as a deeper study into the different facets of architectural elements. simple stop-motion animation techniques activate the cars, carousels, buildings, and buses in the scene, adding a whimsical sensibility to the ever-expanding project.
Every day since august of last year, Young has folded, crimped, creased and cut paper pieces into freestanding constructions, individually photographing each in their finality. Simple stop-motion animation techniques gives the various buildings, buses, cars and carousels a sense of the movement of everyday life, with windmills whimsically turning in the ‘wind’ and trucks winding through small ‘streets’.
See more of this incredible series on his Tumblr.