IT’S UNLIKELY to score one star — never mind five — in the Euro NCAP crash tests, but then the Juke that Nissan has just produced was never intended to be driven. That’s because it’s made of paper — 2,000 pieces of it.
The full-size origami replica of Nissan’s compact SUV, of which more than 700,000 examples have been sold since its launch five years ago, took Owen Gildersleeve, a British artist, 200 hours to create. He says it is faithful to the last detail.
“This was a great project to work on,” Gildersleeve said – “hard work but very rewarding. As a celebration piece it draws on so many influences, such as the origami 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.”
So, that’s the PR line; now watch the video of Gildersleeve’s painstaking work.