This awe-inspiring 3D poster is completely made out of paper, and it bears a single line of hope as it’s name: “Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles.” Made by artists Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li, and Dominic Liu, the poster is a reminder of the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan this past year, when messages, tweets, and emails poured in from around the world as a means of support for the Japanese people. This project gathered together hand-written messages of hope, along with donations, to aid the people who are still recovering from both the earthquake and the resulting nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

The project was also inspired by the famed Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami cranes to fulfill someone’s wish. The crisp lines and pristine folds of the type give way into a series of colorful birds that erupt from the end of the sentence; I’m particularly fond of the pale, colored shadows that seem to hover under each bird. From the Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles website:

As an expression of our support for people in Fukushima, we created a three dimensional typographic poster out of paper bearing the name of the project. The poster represents our hope that our words and messages can encourage them during this difficult time.

This design was inspired by the Japanese traditional custom, Senbazuri, which means a group of a thousand origami cranes. It is customary to fold these cranes to wish someone luck. We wanted to pay tribute to this custom through the process of constructing the paper sculpture.

The words on the poster were inspired by the instant encouragement and consoling words that Japanese people were able to receive just after the tsunami and earthquakes hit Japan, through social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.

Their work in progress speaks volumes about the superb attention to detail that they have– every close-up shot of the birds, for example, is a small masterpieces of perfect angles and seams that fit precisely.

I think my personal fascination with paper type only gets fueled all the more when I see projects like these– the skillful art of working with paper is something that I really believe everyone can appreciate, especially when they are executed in such a cunning way. [Via Typography Daily.]

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