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K-5 Origami Blog

May 13, 2020

Hi, Guys!  I hope you enjoyed the paper airplane videos!  Paper folding is an amazing form of art!  The artist we’re talking about this week created the sculptures below and is named Sipho Mabona.  He started designing his own folded paper airplanes when he was five years old.  During some of the elephant’s folds it took ten people to fold it correctly.  When Sipho started his flat paper was a fifty foot square and the completed artwork is ten feet tall.  The brown elephant is not life size, but a practice fold.  I included the picture to show all of the details Mr. Mabona used to get his artwork to take on the shape of a real elephant.

sipho mabona folds life-sized elephant from single paper sheet      Sipho Mabona Elephant - test fold | OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA | Flickr    

Tell me what you think of this origami work of art.  You could also include questions you might have if you could talk to the artist.

I miss you!

Mrs Glovinsky

Images borrowed from:  https://www.designboom.com/art/sipho-mabona-folds-life-sized-elephant-single-paper-sheet-03-11-2014/   https://www.google.com/search?q=sipho+mabona+elephant&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiRzPDX-rDpAhWEcqwKHezBAg0Q2-cCegQIABAA&oq=sipho+mabona+elephant&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1AAWABgitkGaABwAHgAgAEAiAEAkgEAmAEAqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ei=3_e7XtHgFoTlsQXsg4to#imgrc=csLmVJsbocqvRM&imgdii=sjfA141TvCFCkM