Origami artist creates life-sized elephant from one piece of paper

Photography: Philipp Schmidli

Professional origami artist Sipho Mabona has created a huge, life-sized elephant using just one sheet of paper.

Considered to be his most ambitious work to date, the elephant took Mabona and a team of over a dozen people four weeks to complete. Standing at over three metres high, the work is now on display at the museum KKLB in Beromünster, Switzerland.

The project was financed through crowdfunding website Indiegogo where he successfully raised over $26,000 from over 600 funders. Once the project kicked off, a webcam was installed to allow people to watch the huge elephant take shape.

As you can imagine, it was quite a challenge and Mabona had to overcome various problems to fold such a huge amount of paper, and at times he required the help of 10 people to create the elephant. But he got there, and you can watch the video below to enjoy discovering more about the process.