charles young meticulously builds a moving, miniature paper metropolis charles young meticulously builds a moving, miniature paper metropolis
aug 11, 2015

charles young meticulously builds a moving, miniature paper metropolis

charles young meticulously builds a miniature paper metropolis
all images and gifs courtesy of charles young

 

 

 

armed with watercolor paper, PVA glue and a steady hand, edinburgh artist charles young has built the meticulous metropolis he calls ‘paperholm‘. over the past year, young has crafted more than 300 miniature architectural structures, urban monuments, vehicles, residences and carnival rides, each forming an integral part of the final cityscape, completed this month.

 

every day since august of last year, young has folded, crimped, creased and cut paper pieces into freestanding constructions, individually photographing each in their finality. simple stop-motion animation techniques gives the various buildings, buses, cars and carousels a sense of the movement of everyday life, with windmills whimsically turning in the ‘wind’ and trucks winding through small ‘streets’.

tumblr_nqpivwOWz91tjhih8o1_500
a tiny paper watermill spins in place

tumblr_nj1ttkGN7g1tjhih8o1_400
a bus veers through the miniature city streets

tumblr_niflpb2ojX1qjzfe7o1_400
a sign spins atop a paper building

tumblr_nsvbpwr6Jn1tjhih8o1_500
a car weaves in and out of a paper garage

tumblr_nstef0ZMlg1tjhih8o1_540
while the windmill blows in the passing breeze, an axe chops a log of wood

tumblr_niw34qR4Zq1tjhih8o1_400

tumblr_ngdis2jcB01tjhih8o1_400
a bus rotates around a brutalist-style building

tumblr_nomc3jhWgI1tjhih8o1_500

tumblr_nsayam4Uos1tjhih8o1_540

tumblr_np2cum6HXJ1tjhih8o1_500
a boat is loaded up into a paper house

tumblr_nr4aylBDFh1tjhih8o1_500
the door of a small barrel habitat swings open and closed

 

 

 

with 60 unique paper buildings and 9 miniature vehicles, young has created a charming short film that follows inhabitants of a tiny paper city as they go about their day. take a look at the video below, fully created on action cam by sony, for a fascinating peek inside his meticulous process.

 

 


PAPERPORTS by charles young
video courtesy of sony | action cam

charles-young-paperholm-designboom-01
a tiny paper city is made from dozens of individual miniature constructions

charles young paperholm paper city
a tiny citroën H style truck sits on the edge of a finger

 

 

h/t [this is colossal]

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

art news