Calvin Nicholls’ Gentle Paper Zoo Bridges the Gap Between 2D and 3D Art

Paper artist Calvin Nicholls created a paper zoo that’s as different as it is excellent. By using scissors, a scalpel, glue, and an X-ACTO knife, the artist creates elaborate paper sculptures that look as they’re alive. He recreates a different species of animals—from birds with fragile feathers to tired bears and dogs—with his medium of choice.

“It was a matter of time before my life-long interest in art and wildlife combined,” he admits.

What’s possibly most impressive is that the sculptor’s work spans the gap between 2D and 3D. The paper itself may be flat and minimalistic, but the resulting artwork rises above its surface to add a sense of liveliness.

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