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Science Paper Art

I saw Lisa Nilsson’s anatomical paper art on NewScientist this morning.

It’s gorgeous, and precisely hits my sweet spot linking scientific accuracy, beauty, and clever use of materials to mimic form.


  1. Vince says:

    This is awesome!

  2. Tom says:

    That is great, but I couldn’t help wonder how they tilted the head enough to get one ear and not the other, but still had the eyes each the same size. I guess I’ve been looking at too many CTs and MRIs superficially, without a deeper technical knowledge…

    It does remind me of the Visible Human cadaver that was frozen, then successively sliced, with pics taken each slice. That was before I had any radiological experience. Paper art that’s not origami? Cool!

  3. Sarah says:

    Tom, if you read the articles they talk about both of those things. 🙂

    The first one is because people are asymmetrical: the head was straight, not tilted, but one ear was higher than the other. If you look through the gallery, there’s a torso with one arm free and one attached because the shoulders of that subject weren’t quite square.

    The Visible Human project helped to inspire the work, if I remember correctly.

    And yes, much as I love origami (so mathy!), this is wonderful.