diana beltran herrera's paper aviary comprises hundreds of sculptural birds
diana beltran herrera's paper aviary comprises hundreds of sculptural birds
feb 18, 2016

diana beltran herrera's paper aviary comprises hundreds of sculptural birds

diana beltran herrera’s paper aviary comprises hundreds of sculptural birds
all images courtesy of diana beltran herrera




artistic work with paper is often meticulous and exact, requiring a healthy dose of patience, a knowledge of materials, and a steady hand. over the past few years, prolific colombian creative diana beltran herrera has been practicing and studying the intricacies of this specialized skill from her studio in the UK. herrera’s handiwork has seen the making of more than 100 construction paper and cardboard birds, with fish, flower and butterfly species still underway. her colorful collection of animals is sculpted with a precise hyperrealism that matches the personalities and peculiarities of species from the great hornbill to the european goldfinch.

lovebirds, 2015




the birds begin with a structural framework, also made from paper. interwoven cardboard sheets form a sturdy foundation for the layers herrera then applies. each exterior sheet is carefully cut in tiny, oblong shapes that resemble individually plucked feathers. a fringe-like texture sliced into each edge mimics the wispy texture of actual plumage. the bird takes shape as herrera meticulously attaches each colored quill, finally forming both large and small scale species that are nearly identical to their living, physical counterpart. see some examples from herrera’s ongoing aviary below, and a behind the scenes look at the making-of the sculptures in the gallery at the bottom of the page. 

european goldfinch, 2014 

golden fronted leafbird, 2015

great hornbill, 2015

cockerel, 2015

cockerel detail 


robin, 2015

motmot, 2016

black naped oriole, 2015

king bird of paradise, 2015


inca collared hummingbird, 2014

black backed kingfisher, 2015

wattled jacana

king bird of paradise, 2015


[h/t] mymodernmet


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