Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe

Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe GIF

Paperholm is a tale of the dedication and tenacity of one very talented determined Scotsman named Charles Young. It all began in 2014 with 200 gsm watercolour paper and PVA glue. Young set himself the challenge of building a tiny paper model of a building every day for a year. Then 365 paper models later and he now has a veritable SimCity of paper houses, bridges, high-rises in his paper town. He is now the proud god-like figure of a booming paper metropolis he calls Paperholm. To date he is 635 buildings and is still forging ahead. Some of these buildings have moving parts which gently undulate and move.

Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe


Whether he is insane, a genius, or a little bit of both, Young now has many islands and continents for Paperholm, the civilisation which arose out of the dust in much the same way as Thebes in ancient times or Dubai in recent decades.

Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe GIF
Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe
Paperholm: A delicate ever-expanding paper universe

The behemoth project is now funded and supported by Creative Scotland and Young tours his delicate structures around the UK and Europe. Follow Paperholm and Charles Young on Tumblr and if you wait around you may be able to nab yourself a paper building from his Etsy shop.

I originally wrote this about eight years ago, since then Young has made a whole lot more paper houses and many other objects….I love this fruit and colourful toon town!

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