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Bonsai & Origami Combine in New Japanese Art

| Art , Origami

To turn flat pieces of paper into three-dimensional art, an origami master must be extremely precise. Bonsai, also, is a meticulous aesthetic pursuit, largely due to the small scale of the plants, which necessitates minute adjustments to achieve the desired effects in how the branches grow. But what if you were to somehow combine both art forms?

You’d get something enchantingly beautiful, like this.

- Cling - 2016 素材提供 : 京都美商

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Japanese artist Naoki Onogawa is particularly fond of the paper cranes which are so symbolic of origami. His passion has led him to create works he refers to as Tsuru no Ki (“Trees of Cranes”), in which a frame resembling the branches of a bonsai tree are covered with crane-shaped “leaves.”

There’s no visual trickery going on here. Onogawa folds each crane individually, by hand, from a 13-millimeter (0.5-inch) square sheet of paper.

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