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standley paper stained glass

Virginia-based fine artist Eric Standley is busy blowing minds with his laser-cut paper sculptures reminiscent of stained glass windows. Standley spends months drawing and planning each piece, determining the depth and obsessively playing with dimension and the details therein, before beginning the laser cutting process, which can take upwards of 30 hours. Virtually a paper architect, he must take into account structural elements, for instance implementing curves and overlaps in the design to stabilize unsupported arches. The piece pictured above, for instance, employs 118 sheets of paper, and is 1.75″ from surface to center, with drawings visible on the base layer, and hidden “rooms” of more imagery only seen by getting close to the piece. Though his works are bona fide stunners when viewed online, I can only imagine how much more mesmerizing they are to see in person. Here is just a sampling, with many more pieces on his site.

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[via Laughing Squid]

Goli Mohammadi

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  1. I was looking at wood veneer sheets at Woodcraft today with a similar idea in mind, 3D marquetry….? It could maybe work, I dunno : )

  2. Capt. Richard Barone says:


  3. Robbie says:

    Woah! Stunning detail.

  4. Rory says:

    Reblogged this on taciturn and commented:
    Off of Make’s Blog. These are amazing

  5. Reblogged this on zoraidagitana1965 and commented:
    Amazing. Attention to detail. They remind me very much of Islamic/geometric designs. Beautiful. Classic. More people should know about his work

  6. Igor says:

    this is very good art. I wonder how it would look when put as a window like in Arab art. Shadow shapes would be amazing!

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