Paper Light Sculpture

“All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to light.”

—Louis Kahn


Light can transform the way we perceive space, a wall, or a surface. For this project treat light as form. The challenge is to construct a sculptural object that emits variations of light intensity. You may use folding and layering techniques for structural stability. You are going to explore light and shadow through patterns, layering, and variations of apertures to create a material effect. Consider researching methods of creasing, pleating, folding, cutting, scoring for form-finding. Limit how many of these you incorporate. You may use paper tabbing as a means of connecting various parts or ingeniously create a type of paper hinge. Another challenge you may choose to explore when shaping would be to use no glue whatsoever.


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