One Piece of Paper – A Myriad of Uses

A couple of months ago I posted a blog about an artist and his unbelievable skills and patience in sculpting incredible objects out of lead pencils so when I came across this artist and his deft touch I couldn’t go past sharing it.

Peter Callesen is a Danish artist born in 1967 renowned for his incredible talent in creating intricate papercut artwork to which he doesn’t so much create works on paper, but rather works from paper.

Callesen uses paper as his medium, creating sculptural works by folding paper but his work is more complicated than just cutting and pasting pieces of paper. Each work is made by cutting a single sheet and using only the removed paper to create figures or buildings. Each work is created either from one sheet of paper, be it an angel inside a birdcage, or a skeleton in a closet from an A4 sheet or a child-size castle crafted from billboard-sized paper as big as 7 metres by 5 metres.

Callesen uses paper because he says it is “probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today, but we rarely notice the actual materiality of it.” After reading this it made me take a step back and think Callesen has a point – whether you work for a creative branding agency, a financial institution, a law firm (any industry for that matter) we use paper on a myriad of fronts, on a daily basis and use it without the bat of an eyelid.

Callesen goes further and states, “my paper works have been based around an exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensionality. I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process.”

If you’d like to talk to us about how you can transform your brand from two to three dimensionality why not drop us a line.

Dominic Guthrie
Client Account Director


  1. Dom, the thing I love about this guys is his single minded obsession. If everyone who manages brands could apply the same level of passion and focus to their brand definition and brand communications, they would create equally outstanding reputations.

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