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Finnish origami artist Juho Könkkölä folded this sucker out of a single sheet of paper in 41 hours. The link to the time-lapse video mentioned in the article goes to Instagram. Don’t go to Instagram. It is a silly place.

I found the same video on YouTube (which is also a silly place, but at least it doesn’t make me log in to view files).

And being the impatient person that I am, I didn’t have the attention span to watch 41 hours compressed to 19 minutes, so I asked it to play back double speed.

At that speed, it looks more like he’s molding clay. Which may be a clue to what’s going on in his head – a process by which he leaves a certain amount of material for each feature he means to fold.

He spends a long time planning his stuff, a process he goes into a bit in this article. I can juuuuust about wrap my head around…no. No, I can’t.


Comment from BJM
Time: September 29, 2021, 7:25 pm

This reminds of how Michelangelo saw the figure in the stone, this guy sees the shape in a piece of paper…I have think that’s a bit more difficult given the 2D nature of the sheet of paper.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 29, 2021, 11:59 pm

Utterly mind-boggling! And here I thought I was pretty hot stuff as a kid when I folded up several hundred cranes and little butterflies for our Christmas tree. Now I see I was doing the equivalent of “paint by numbers” compared to, say, Claude Monet.

I sure hope he had multiple white T-shirts and didn’t wear only the one he started with for the whole 41 hours!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 30, 2021, 11:10 am


Now imagine this guy as an artist working in gold sometime back in the dawn of candle or the Antikythera device and perhaps we’re getting another glimpse of the sort of mind, not to mention dexterity, to build things only “aliens” could build.

When we’re not busy doing naughty things, we’re a pretty amazing species.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 30, 2021, 2:23 pm

I’ve been reading a book in which the game of chess is almost a separate character. My mind thought—it’s like taking all the moves in a chess game and folding them into a piece of paper. But that’s inadequate, too. How does this man sleep at night? His subconscious must be in FTL-drive all the time.

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