In 2015, paper artist Cristian Marianciuc started a 1,000-day goal to create a new paper crane each day. The extravagant designs included layers of multi-color paper, detailed cuts to imitate feathers, and often gilded elements added onto the wings. After his self-imposed challenge Marianciuc has given himself more time to work on each design, allowing cranes to develop over days rather than hours.
Without these constraints he is able to vary his techniques, creating increasingly difficult works that introduce more intricate cuts and folds.
“I never stopped folding and decorating new ones. It just wasn’t on a daily basis anymore,” he tells My Modern Met. “With this newly-found lack of time restraints, I focused more on exploring themes as techniques that I had wanted to explore but just didn’t have the time to do so.” More minute details and unbelievably intricate cuts characterize these newer models, making them his most ambitious creations yet.
While Marianciuc has also divulged that he will soon be starting a mini-series inspired by Japanese folklore, he also assures us that he has no plans of cutting out his crane practice.”I’m still just as fascinated with the art of origami, its symbolism and history, still as obsessed with flight and wings and feathers,” he tells us. “I thoroughly enjoy giving myself the time to create at a slower pace, and I am finding that I am able to listen much more closely to my instinct.”
Marianciuc posts his cranes regularly on Instagram,