To promote upcoming Summer Olympics, Barcelona-based Raya Sader Bujana has created intricate paper sculptures that express recognizable movements or poses from different Olympic sports. These stunning paper figurines are designed in collaboration with photographer Leo Garcia Mendez for an Olympic-themed stock photography shoot, paying tribute to athletes.
Putting her architectural training to use, Bujana has formed well-proportioned paper models that are digitized to achieve correct posture. Moreover, curvature of each miniature figurine is made from the same technique that’s used for the creation of landscape sketches.
Soon after digitization and formation of right curvature, paper pieces were cut and assembled with tiny 3mm separators. Each figurine consists of more than 150 sheets of paper, and assembled using separators. Some pieces are so detailed that nearly 500 separators are used for completion.
The resulting paper sculptures effortlessly imitate movement, strength and grace of skilled Olympic athletes. According to Bujana, “The whole concept of this design was to express movement using paper. The added texture, light and volume that the technique provides reinforces the fluidity of the pieces.”
This incredible paper project shows how paper itself can be used to display impressive artwork and flawless body structures. Check out more images below to witness details of each paper figurine. Find out more about Bujana’s work on All Things Paper, and also see some of her unrelated origami jewelry in her Etsy shop.