Wataru Itou (伊藤航) is a Japanese student in a Tokyo art university with an amazing piece of work: this paper castle, titled “Umi no Ue no Oshiro” (A Castle On the Ocean) took four years to complete, and the level of intricacy in the structure makes it a true masterpiece. There are so many layers and structures in the piece that when it is lit up from below, different shades of color glow through the paper in a beautiful display of architecture and craftsmanship.

I’m floored by this– the dedication it takes to execute something like this is mind-boggling. Via Tokyobling, who did a write-up and took photos of the magnificent piece:

The installation is hand made over four years of hard work, complete with electrical lights and a moving train, all made of paper! At the exhibition you also have the chance to see a video showing Mr. Itou at work in his studio, cutting and folding piece by piece.

The exhibition is called Umi no Ue no Oshiro (A Castle On the Ocean ), 海の上のお城. It is exhibited at Umihotaru, a place which in itself is a major attraction: a service area in the middle of the ocean, right between Tokyo City and Chiba Prefecture.

I have never seen papercraft that is so detailed at this scale– there are bridges crossing under ferris wheels, and towers after towers soaring over the parapets. Incredible stuff, especially with the lighting that is incorporated throughout the castle. [Via Gizmodo.]

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