Here's another artist to add to the ever-growing list of obsessive architectural model-makers: Amsterdam-based "paper architect" Ingrid Siliakus, who incises and folds just a sheet or two of thin material to create complexly layered cityscapes. Having studied the work of Masahiro Chatani, the architect credited with first making origami-like architectural models, Siliakus learned to slice paper—and, OK, let's glaze over a harrowing trial-and-error period, here—to produce the fragile spines of skyscrapers, bridges, and squatty apartment buildings, all in tiny metropolises configured in mind-bending ways.
? In 2010, Siliakus constructed a four-sided, prismatic sculpture (this time out of thin acrylic rather than paper) of NYC. Included in the abstract architectural jumble: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler building, the Flatiron building, and even the Statue of Liberty.
"[Paper] asks of me to work with meditative precision. Paper architecture does not bare haste, it is its enemy; one moment of loss of concentration, can lead to failure of a piece," she writes.
Other fastidious artist souls: the guy who makes shadow interiors with shallow paper folds, the people who recreated Hitchcock's Psycho with a paper set, and the Russian schoolteacher who folded a massive origami St. Basil's Cathedral. So. Many. Options.