Paper Metropolis Delicately Explores Urban Density

Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa investigates city space, perspective, and the spread of man-made buildings with his hand-made sculptures.

When Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa finishes his incredible paper installation, we imagine his hands covered in duct tape and several trash cans crowning with crumpled paper balls. His latest work, Void and Solid, is a floating, multi-layered architectural cityscape that's entirely hand-made from paper cut-outs. 

The project, which displayed at Yusto/Giner gallery in Spain alongside other hand-crafted work, includes only one type of paper and one color, yielding a ghostly city that floats just a few feet off the ground. The delicate installation is meshed together so every piece looks uniform and requires the viewer to get extremely close to notice the subtle differences between "buildings." The imperfections of the human hand become almost a hidden easter egg, if you can pick out the subtleties. It's a modest yet intricate investigation into architectural density and space.

Writes the gallery description

Katsumi Hayakawa explores diverse notions related to space and perspective. His architectural sculptures made out of varying paper densities represent the man-made structures that cover the earth's surface, through which man(kind) loses sight of himself. These architectural, urban conglomerations have progressively become more uniform and compact and are testament to a solidification process that is slowly squeezing humanity out of the picture.

See more of Hayakawa’s paper mastery below, including a video documenting how he designs the structures:

For more on Hayakawa see Yusto/Giner's website.

h/t Spoon & Tamago


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