WHITE ELEPHANT

As an ultimate prove that there are no limits to what can be made out of a square piece of paper I came up with the idea to fold a life-size origami elephant.
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Sipho Mabona
Art
Lucerne
Switzerland
1 Team Member

W H I T E   E L E P H A N T

Hi my Name is Sipho Mabona and I'm professional origami artist. I've had the opportunity to show my work in galleries and museums all around the world. My pieces mostly focus on large-scale installations.

As an ultimate prove that there are no limits to what can be made out of a uncut square piece of paper I plan to fold a life-size replica of an elephant. Over the course of several weeks the monumental sculpture will be folded at the Art Museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. A team of three assistants will support me on this mission. 

Using a sheet measuring 15 by 15 meters (50 by 50 feet), we will create an elephant standing more than 3 meters (10 feet) tall. Further more we will install two cameras which will be feeding footage to an online live video stream, so you, your friends and family can watch us as we fold. 


WHAT WE NEED

Let me quickly sum up what your funding contribution will help us with:

  1. The production of a 125 sqm or 2500 sqft sheet of paper

  2. The support structure to ensure the sculpture will stand upright.

  3. The sealing with acrylic paint

  4. The camera that will feed the online live stream showing how I fold the piece

  5. The camera documenting the process in time-lapse

  6. And off course the helping hands of my three assistants.

If we do exceed our initial funding goal we plan to fold a whole series of life-size origami animals in different galleries and museums around the world. It will be a great experience for us to share with you.


WHAT YOU GET

Here is a list of some of the awesome perks you can receive when supporting our campaign: 


INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS OF HOW TO FOLD AN ORIGAMI FOX, SWAN, ROSE OR ELEPHANT


HUMAN, BEAR AND ELEPHANT INSTRUCTION


FOLDABLE KIRIGAMI LANTERNS WITH CREASE PATTERN MOTIVS 


SMALL SHOJI SCREENS WITH CREASE PATTERN MOTIVES


FINE ART PIGMENT PRINTS ON ARCHIVAL QUALITY MATTE PAPER 

CERAMIC CASTS OF ORIGAMI CREASE PATTERNS

COLORED AND WHITE KOI


KOHAKU KOI

If you are interested to have any other of my creations become a custom perk for you feel free to contact me. 


The Impact

I believe that Origami and the W H I T E  E L E P H A N T are so fascinating due to the prevalent belief that the use of only one piece of paper is very limiting. But actually the very contrary is the case. In the art form of origami a simple piece of paper can be transformed into anything imaginable. It’s exactly this transformation, which in my opinion stands for many struggles we have to overcome in life. This project will be a great experience for us to share with you. Hopefully it will change public’s perception of origami and make people realize what a powerful art form it can be. 


Other Ways You Can Help

I know that not all of you may able to contribute financially but you can help us never the less. Please spread the word about the  W H I T E  E L E P H A N T !!!

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$26,775USD
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  • $8USD
    Fox, Swan and Rose Instruction

    A clear step by step video instruction of how to fold and wet-fold three beautiful origami designs by Sipho Mabona. These designs are suitable from beginners to advanced folders. You will receive the link to the download files for the videos.

    37 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $9USD
    Origami Elephant Instruction

    A clear step by step video instruction of how to fold an origami Elephant designed by Sipho Mabona. This is a unique chance to fold the actual design I will use for the W H I T E E L E P H A N T in small scale.

    218 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $16USD
    Foldable Kirigami Lantern

    These unique and easy to fold kirigami lanterns with crease pattern motivs are made from paper treated with fire retardant and hand colored with acrylic gold and black paint. They were designed by Sipho Mabona and show the crease patterns of the Elephant, Swallow, Bear and Rose. Dimensions 8x8x8 cm Please add 5 USD for international shipping.

    50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $18USD
    Small Shoji screens

    These beautiful Mini Shoji screens designed by Sipho Mabona with crease pattern motives that were laser cut from aircraft plywood and backed with shoji paper. They look beautiful hung in front of a window. Please Note which design you would like. Dimensions 20x20 cm. Please Note which design you would like and add 5 USD for international shipping.

    28 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    Human/Bear&Elephant Instruct.

    Three clear step by step video instruction of how to fold an origami Human, Bear and Elephant designed by Sipho Mabona. This is a unique chance to fold three of his very popular origami designs. You will receive the link to the download files for the videos.

    52 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $34USD
    A3 Fine Art Print

    Fine art pigments prints on archival quality matte cotton paper. Please note which one of the 6 motives you would like and add 20 USD for international shipping. Dimensions 29.7 x 42 cm

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $60USD
    Ceramic Crease Patterns

    Casts of Sipho Mabona's fine art series "No Representation without Corrugation". Made of glass fiber reinforced mould ceramics. You can either hang them on the wall or place it on a table. Dimensions: 20x20x0,8cm Material: mould ceramics (glass fibre reinforced), steel, silicone Please note which one of the 6 motives you would like and add add 25 USD for international shipping. 10 USD for shipping inside Switzerland.

    18 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $190USD
    White & Colored Origami Koi

    These Koi are folded and designed by Sipho Mabona. They are folded from one uncut square of archival quality water color paper and it's entire surface is painted with acrylic color before folding (to ensure longevity). The fish comes with a special hanging mechanism. The fish measures 20-22cm in length. Please note which color you would like and add 10 USD for international shipping (the price applies to each single fish)

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $230USD
    Kohaku Koi

    These Koi are folded and designed by Sipho Mabona. They are folded from one uncut square of archival quality water color paper and it's entire surface is painted with acrylic color before folding (to ensure longevity). The paper pulp appliqués are applied after folding. The fish comes with a special hanging mechanism. The fish measures 20-22cm in length. Please note which type you would like and add 10 USD for international shipping (the price applies to each single fish)

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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