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Laser-cut art book by Olafur Eliasson

Artist Olafur Eliasson created this piece, a laser-cut negative space rendering of his house in 85:1 scale:

Your House

It’s made of 454 slices, bound together in a book. Apparently it was quite a difficult process to put together, due to the complex constraints that were put upon the paper. From what I understand it was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

The folks that produced the book are a laser-cutting house that specializes in paper-cutting, called Visionen in Papier (Visions in Paper). I’m actually even more interested in what they are capable of doing, and the kinds of services they provide- check out some of their other examples of their work.

As this piece combines books, paper cutting, laser cutters, architecture, and paper making, it hits a broad area of things I really enjoy- so I pass it along to you, readers, in the hope you find it interesting as well.

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Link from Бунт Архитекторов!, my favorite Russian website!


  1. Thanks so much for posting this Eric! Olafur Eliasson is probably my favorite artist, and I had heard he was making this, but this is the first I’ve seen of it. Fabulous!

  2. Hi. well its my first comment in your page, i just want yo say WOW thats awesome

  3. brdparker says

    wow… like always, I am amazed at the versitility of a piece (or multiple) of paper… wow…

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  5. yes! oh dear…i saw this at an art book/print fair in nyc- it was ‘reasonably’ priced for what it was (i think they were selling their copy for $1500 – already they are going for way more) gorgeously detailed. one piece of art i wish i could have purchased.
    i’m happy to see it again!

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  7. says

    I’ve seen it, too, at MoMA, when it was published last fall. It was published by the MoMA Library Council, whose supporters got first dibs on the edition [though I thought it was more like $3,000]. Anyway, it’s spectacular, and a marvel to flip through [not that I flipped, more like “carefully paged,” of course]

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  15. Delightful and creative! It so amazes me that humans are capable of. Thanks for posting this artwork. I would love to see a video of this book showing someone flipping the pages – art in motion.

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  17. Trey says

    I just saw a copy of this at the Design Museum in London – very cool. If you are interested in laser-cutting check out – it lets you upload design files and get laser cut material mailed back to your doorstep 🙂

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  20. wowwww!!!,its awesomw what you do with a simple piece of paaper… link me up,i would like see yours often

  21. Dexter says

    Great concept, any body using etching machine here, I would like to have more information about making this concept in metal using Dual Jet Etching Technlogy about me: am a independent designer in metal works based in Kowloon, HK using chemical etching machine by Idea Factory Equipments Pvt. Ltd.

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  27. the kid says

    damn thats some of the koolest art ive ever seen props to who ever can do that

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