“Origami. What? The crazy art of paper folding from, that’s right, Japan.”

Even Ryan from The Office can’t help but give a nod to Japan and their “crazy” art of origami.  Even the word itself is a loanword from Japanese that is now used all over the world to denote the act of folding and contorting paper into different shapes.

Given Japan’s strong ties to the art form, one would think that Japanese artist have a monopoly on origami creations.  However, Sergey Tarasov, a schoolteacher in a small village in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has earned the nickname, “Origami Master.”

Mr. Tarasov has won numerous awards for his unbelievably detailed paper works, but shows no signs of stopping, forever trying to improve his craft.

This piece is a replica of St. Basil Cathedral, the building seen in Tetris.  It required 60,000 pieces of paper and took him an entire year to complete.

When you think of origami, you may envision a single piece of paper folded to create a single work of art.  However, Mr. Tarasov’s origami piece is composed of many folded pieces of paper, carefully secured together to create the walls, roof, and doors of St. Basil Cathedral.

Mr. Tarasov also created a replica of Svyato-Spassky Cathedral located in the town of Minusinsk, southern Siberia.  It is even more extraordinary when viewed up close; each piece of paper is perfectly folded and has been painstakingly set in place.

Mr. Tarasov won’t stop at these two replicas; next he plans to create origami versions of the Kremlin and Red Square.

Source: yukawanet