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Watch an Entire Paper Metropolis Spring Up From Nothing

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Today in absolutely gorgeous-beyond-words paper art: the animation of London-based designer/art director Maciek Janicki. In it, crinkled cities—apartment buildings, trees, chapels, and street lights—fold up from the ground and, as a tiny car whizzes by on sheets of white, slink back into the pavement, creating a metropolis that's delicate and ephemeral, as well as, you know, super rad. Janicki doesn't give much insight into the process, but he does offer up this poetic description: "Captured by an unseen helicopter, the narrative unfolds through winding roads, erupting forests and emerging mountains. Paper City grows in one fluid take, with skyscrapers rising from the page – only to crumble, wrinkle and gently crease back into the ground." It's all lovely enough to give the world's other super impressive paper artists—the guy who folded Russia's St. Basil's cathedral from origami paper, the artiste who crafted a staggeringly accurate paper version of the Friends apartment, the man who nests tiny paper living rooms inside paper television sets—a run for the (highly competitive and completely made-up) title Most Awesome Master of Paper. Anyway, do have a look at the video, below.

Paper City from Maciek Janicki on Vimeo.

· Paper City by Maciek Janicki [official site via Design You Trust]
· All Cool Paper Things [Curbed National]