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:
The production of a 125 sqm or 2500 sqft sheet of paper
The support structure to ensure the sculpture will stand upright.
The sealing with acrylic paint
The camera that will feed the online live stream showing how I fold the piece
The camera documenting the process in time-lapse
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
If you are interested to have any other of my creations become a custom perk for you feel free to contact me.
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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Here are some of the BLOGS that featured the WHITE ELEPHANT so far!!!