Paper Folding Paper Train and Bridge

2012 ArtPrize Entry

No use of glue, tape or any other adhesive is used to hold the train together. Instead, I use a series of folds and interlocking paper tabs to create the paper trains. The foremost feature of this train is its structural design and is meant to be functional. Unlike other paper trains, It has a paper underframe, couplings, and track. It is not motorized but is meant to be interactive. It takes ~40+ hours per car to build. All the parts were measured out by hand using a ruler and ball-point pen. I started making trains out of popcorn boxes from the movie theater when I was 10, but started experimenting with file folders from the office where my mother worked.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: up to 50 feet long
  • Medium: Paper, Tagboard
  • Width: 4 inches
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: min 12 inches

Venue & Connection Information

Handle with extreme care. Display case is needed, dry, indoors and protected from ultraviolet light. I can divide the train up to make shorter strings of cars 2-3 tracks (2feet wide by 20-25 ft long). But the best impact is to have it one long train. Standard lighting.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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