Artist Kumi Yamashita made this incredible origami shadow art for an American Express commission. In 2011 the company asked her to create a unique work of art for their New York office lobby.
Her idea was really novel. First she invited the companys employees to be a part of her installation by taking a photo of their profile. Then, since the space was only big enough for 22 pieces she chose 22 employee faces. Then, right on site, she worked the paper, creasing and folding it underneath a specific light source, to create shadow profiles of the employees she picked.
Here’ what she has to say about her work:
I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner. I take objects and place them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow).
The only pity about this work is that it can only be seen by employess of American Express due to building security. Oh well, why not try it yourself?
Via Junk Culture
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