Origami artist folds life-sized elephant out of a single massive 50 x 50 ft sheet of paper


Bored Panda:




A paper airplane is pretty much the most complicated thing most of us can make by folding paper, which is what makes this grand piece of artwork by professional origami artist Sipho Mabona all the more impressive. This life-sized white elephant stands 3m (10 ft) tall and weighs a whopping 250kg (550lbs) – and it was all folded out of a single 15m x 15m (50ft x 50ft) sheet of paper.

The epic piece of paper art took a team of up to ten people four weeks to complete. They financed the project through an Indiegogo campaign, which raised $26,000. The money allowed the team to work on the project continuously for an entire month and to capture the entire process on film.

Interestingly enough, Mabona says that he became interested in paper art by folding paper airplanes when he was 5. After running out of ideas, he decided to explore origami. If you’d like to experience such a strange and impressive piece of artwork for yourself, it is currently on display at the KKLB museum in Beromunster, Switzerland.

For those of us who aren’t origami experts or who don’t have 15m sheets of paper lying around, there are plenty of different amazing forms of paper art.

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Design: Edamame bottle-cleaning sponges by Marna (Japan)


Japan’s Marna make these playful little sponges for cleaning bottles. The edamame-shaped sponges clean plastic, metal and glass bottles with balls of ceramic and alumina that attack hard-to-reach stains. Heat-resistant and reusable, simply fill a bottle with a little bit of water and shake.

Shop them online or at the MoMa stores in New York.

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Design: Edamame bottle-cleaning sponges by Marna (Japan)




Photo Essay: Shaolin Monks in training

Shaolin has been popularly synonymous for what are considered the external Chinese martial arts, regardless of whether or not the particular style in question has any connection to the Shaolin Monastery.

Some say that there is no differentiation between the so-called internal and external systems of the Chinese martial arts, while other well-known teachers have expressed differing opinions. For example, the Taijiquan teacher Wu Jianquan:

Those who practice Shaolinquan leap about with strength and force; people not proficient at this kind of training soon lose their breath and are exhausted. Taijiquan is unlike this. Strive for quiescence of body, mind and intention.


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Photo Essay: Shaolin Monks in training

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Optical illusion photo taken at Indian temple makes man look like a giant

Optical Illusion Snapshot Taken at Indian Temple

Laughing Squid:

During a visit to the Lotus Temple in New Delhizappas_mo posed for a tourist snapshot and unintentionally created an optical illusion in which he appears to be a towering giant (he is nearly 7 feet tall in actuality, but he’s not that tall).

If you look carefully at his shadow you can figure out what’s going on.

image via pixelpoetry

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Optical illusion photo taken at Indian temple makes man look like a giant