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Giant origami disrupt Dubai’s skyline

An illustration project by Indian artist Rohith Jagadisha features huge origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, that invades the hyper-urbanized landscape of Dubai. The result is breathtaking.

“I wanted to bring my daughters’ imaginations to life,” explains 3D artist Rohith Jagadisha. Huge paper structures that completely turn the city of Dubai upside down is the amazing idea materialized by Jagadisha in a video that quickly went viral.


An unexpected welcome

“I didn’t expect this at all,” said the artist. “People really love the video, but at the core, it’s something I did just for my daughter.” At the root of the project? The pandemic and lockdown…

The man and his daughter used to go to Pearl Beach every day to spend time there, amazed by the beauty of the city’s skyline. The young girl, also passionate about origami, had the idea: “What if I built an origami the same size as the huge buildings of the city? That’s all Jagadisha needed to start the project. Thus, the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, or The Palm Jumeirah, all the most emblematic places of the city have gone under his lens.

It is not the first time that an artist reimagines Dubai, sometimes completely snowed up, sometimes decorated with huge animals, as in the works of French artist Zak Eazy.

Published on 19 August 2022