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For his first solo exhibition in Spain, Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa uses his signature style of miniature paper cutouts to create a multilayered floating city. Accompanied by a new series of paintings and drawings, the site-specific installation examines the impact of architectural density while maintaining the delicate nature of paper.

Painstakingly hand-crafted, the artist’s attention to detail is inherent in his ability to cut, fold and adhere minute pieces of paper, as well as his capacity to build three-dimensional compositions with them. These volumes carry a conceptual and emotional weight capable of transporting us to the heart of any modern mega-metropolis, where human presence dwindles while functionality reigns supreme

Check out the video below to see exactly how he erects his massive paper cities:

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