US-based artist Christina Lihan combines her skills as a trained architect with her sheer talent of paper modeling to build intricately detailed paper relief sculptures of some of the most famous buildings around the world. Mounted in shadowboxes and ranging from two to six inches deep, her subjects ranges from the Eiffel tower and Taj Mahal to private residences and American cities.
Lihan begins her work by photographing and sketching the site, generally creating scaled charcoal drawings that she then enlarges to the planned size of the finished piece. She lays out the buildings directly over these sketched forms, and cutting out details in place and ultimately assembling all the components into the finished composition. All carving, scoring, cutting, and folding is completed by hand.
Despite her architect background, Lihan admits that she doesn’t construct any pieces with a measured perspective, relying simply on her aesthetic senses.
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