Life-sized Iron Man Papercraft for Silicon Valley Comic Con

Life-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen Gildersleeve

For the love of paper folding, this may be from a while back, but it’s pretty awesome! British paper artist Owen Gildersleeve in collaboration with Thomas Forsyth were approached by the organizers of the Silicon Valley Comic Con to create a life-size paper sculpture of Iron Man for their first event at the 30,000 capacity San Jose Convention Centre. The model was built in separate parts in London over a four week period and then the individual components were shipped out to San Jose, California, where we pieced the model together live at the show over the course of the three day event. The sheer amount of time and effort that went into this papercraft is absolutely mind boggling.

Life-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen GildersleeveLife-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen GildersleeveLife-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen Gildersleeve

To help support the paper net shell of the sculpture, they used computer aided design software to devise an inner foamboard framework, that would flat-pack, enabling it to be posted over to the American convention centre before the event, ready for assembly onsite. The model also housed an Arduino driven lighting circuit, which they designed to make the “heart reactor” pulse and the eyes flicker, which you can see here.

Life-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen GildersleeveLife-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen GildersleeveLife-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen Gildersleeve

Client: Silicon Valley Comic Con
Creative Direction: Owen Gildersleeve
​Production: Thomas Forsyth
Assistant: William Redgrove
Assistant: Amy Higgins

all images courtesy of Owen Gildersleeve

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