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Celebrating size: Olivier Grossetête

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It’s not getting any larger than the cardboard architecture by Olivier Grossetête! There’s so much to say about this monumental-community-performance-architecture… It’s very wonderful to see the how people lift the structures layer by layer! Check this video at 2:17… The designs are reduced to their essence, so that they can be made with the basic cardboard boxes: like building blocks. I guess this is also important because all participants need to understand the building process to some extent. I collected … Continue reading







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Wearable architecture

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Cardboard is in fact what the dutch call a “kreukelzone”: the protective crushable area in a car. A cardboard box is protection for our stuff, like clothing or architecture is protection for our selves. I am fascinated by people making costumes shaped as buildings, architecture or furniture. Scale models of buildings have a poetic attraction. Maybe it has something to do with growing up: the size of your house when you we’re a kid seems small when you return as … Continue reading







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Cardboardia Amersfoort

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In the last days of august we finally had a real russian Cardboardia project in the Netherlands! The Spoffin festival invited our russian friends to Amersfoort to make a giant parade. For those who don’t know Cardboardia yet: it’s a larger than life project from Russia. Sergej Korsakov, the uncompromising leader, is the axis around which cardboardia turns. The projects are theater, temporary social experiments, creative economies and visual arts all rolled in to one. We went to one of … Continue reading







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Wearable Cardboard Stuff at GLR

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Cardboarders Workshops with a.o. students Mitchel van der Jagt en Sascha Dekker at the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam! We made this stuff in one afternoon. I think the wearable city will have a follow up in the future. It’s funny to think of the wearable cardboard skyline, still standing there, somewhere in Rotterdam. Maybe covered with a bit of snow now 🙂 A big shout out out to all the students that made this a very inspirational workshop! Loved the ambiance … Continue reading







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German Urban Cardboard Art

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A cardboard artist often sees big piles of cardboard on the side of the road, waiting to be picked up by the cities’ recycling company. I always fantasize about the things I could make out of these piles and how much fun it would be to put these things on the street again. The artists underneath recognized that cardboard, together with concrete and glass is the most contemporary material. It’s appearance is intertwined with our everyday environment, so much that … Continue reading







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conTemporary sculpture: James Grashow

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I heard someone say the Burning Man Festival is a new World Wonder. Incredible! Something with the motto “leave no trace” is now becoming a part of a list of things that only wanted to leave their trace. Like most of the artists on this site, the consciousness that everything is impermanent is a part of  James Grashow’s work. We agree! Cardboard artists should claim the temporary in contemporary art! James Grashow is a sculptor and teacher of cardboard. He … Continue reading







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An explosion of cardboard in the shape of town

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Most pictures by Anne Mauch, Ekaterina Evdokimova! About Cardboardia’s materialization in Perm. We were invited to come and help build Cardboardia in Perm (KartonKamsk). Perm is a city with two faces: one rough, industrial and hardworking and one innocent, cultural and fun-loving. The city used to be the last stop before people deemed “undesirable” by the Soviet regime passed on their way to the gulags. Due to it’s military industry Perm was a ‘closed city’ until 1987, with population of … Continue reading







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2011 First Amsterdam Cardboard Robot Capture The Flag

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Well, that was fun, we organised the first official Amsterdam Cardboard Robot Capture The Flag Event. The flag of course being the baby-bot. Inspired by earlier Robot Battles we wanted to create something like that in Amsterdam.







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Of Mice and Man (And of Cardboard too)

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The beautifull work of Richard Derks. Al sorts of little dwellings for his mice. Be sure to als watch the little films he made of the mice playing in the houses : Muizenhuizen (Micehouse) (update: at the moment these seem to be offline!) When you look at these little houses with the mice in it you’ll probably start to think about what it would be like to be a mouse. It also reminds of childhoods filled with building huts and … Continue reading







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Painted Cardboard Houses Japan

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The cardboard dwellings of homeless people in the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo were a 1990s phenomenon. If you go to the website cardboard-house-painting.jp/ about these cardboard houses you can still see some of the beautifull artworks some of the inhabitants made of their temporary shelters.The site is in japanese but if you feel poetic: you can aways count on google translate japanese-english: Cardboard-type settlement here before the Information Center has to plug in a cardboard reviews too many pieces. Kita … Continue reading







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