The full scale origami replica was made by British artist Owen Gildersleeve out of 2000 folded papers.
The Nissan Juke is undeniably one of the quirkiest cars ever made. The Nissan Juke recently celebrated its 5th anniversary. Apparently Nissan the Japanese carmaker had the perfect way to celebrate. Juke’s birthday was celebrated with a life size Origami replica of the car. The replica of the edgy cross over was created by a British artist.
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The artist named Owen Gildersleeve created the origami replica out of 2,000 pieces of folded paper. The replica is a full scale sculpture equivalent to Juke in size. The origami replica took over 200 hours of work to be completed. Every last detail was painstakingly created with attention to the wheels, lights and grille of the car.
British artist, Owen Gildersleeve, creates life-size Origami replica of Nissan Juke. Artist Owen Gildersleeve said: “This was a great project to work on – hard work but very rewarding. As a celebration piece it draws on so many influences, such as the origami focus inspired by Nissan’s Japanese roots. Using so many individual pieces of paper to create the overall structure also represents the thousands of people who helped bring the Nissan Juke into reality and the thousands who continue to do so right here in the UK.”
The origami replica was created in the UK because the Juke is manufactured there. The Juke is built by Nissan at the Sunderland plant, the largest in UK. The Juke was introduced in 2010 and has since then sold more than 700,000 of the vehicles in Europe. More than 150,000 of the Juke vehicles were sold in the UK alone. The Juke is also the second best-selling model by Nissan in Europe.
According to Gildersleeve the project was very rewarding for him. The celebration piece was originally inspired from the influence of Nissan’s Japanese roots. Using thousands of paper products also signifies the thousands of people who helped create the Nissan Juke. Every car begins with a paper concept and Nissan took Juke back to its paper roots.
Darryl Scriven, Design Manager at Nissan’s Design Centre for Europe, said: “The first step of any car design involves putting pencil to paper. From that simple start, it’s a complex journey to production involving hundreds of skilled people, thousands of man-hours and millions in investment. So we think it’s very apt that on its fifth birthday, we celebrate the Nissan Juke with a tribute that harks back to that simple, but bold, first step, all carried out with Nissan’s signature innovation and excitement of course.”
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The Origami Juke is revealed as ‘World Origami Days’ are celebrated across the world between 24th October and 11th November.