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Man Crafts St. Basil's Cathedral, One Folded Paper at a Time

Here's another crafty fellow inclined to make beautiful buildings from strange materials. Origami may not be as bizarre as, say, Jell-O or computer parts or toothpicks, but this school teacher's nearly five-foot-tall replica of St. Basil's cathedral is rather remarkable nonetheless, especially considering Sergei Tarasov insists he never sketched the building prior to folding. About 60,000 bits of folded paper comprise his model of the Russian Orthodox church, which took about a year to create. Tarasov is obviously fastidious, but apparently he's a touch compulsive as well; he told the Daily Mail that he has taken apart models and started again to make sure the architecture was just right.

And of course there is the question of why this man would flaunt his formidable talents in the form of folded paper monuments. Well, there's little insight into Tarasov's artistic philosophies, but what's known is that he lives in a Siberian village that's some 300 miles from the nearest major city. Constructing notable architecture where there may not be any?

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