In a nod to Nissan’s Japanese heritage and inspired by the very first steps of car design – getting ideas onto paper – artist Owen Gildersleeve hand built the intricate replica model from paper to the exact dimensions of the current JUKE.
Owen took more than 200 hours and folded more than 2,000 pieces of paper to create the detailed sculpture.
The Origami JUKE features the same bold design cues – such as the wheel fenders, lights and grille – that give the real-life model its distinctive character.
“This was a great project to work on – hard work but very rewarding,” said artist Owen Gildersleeve. “As a celebration piece, it draws on so many influences, such as the origami focus inspired by Nissan’s Japanese roots. Using so many individual pieces of paper to create the overall structure also represents the thousands of people who helped bring the Nissan JUKE into reality in 2011.”
The Nissan JUKE’s bold, standout styling has been a key factor in the model’s success. Nissan created a brand new “compact crossover” sector with the launch of the car, offering motorists something completely different, in terms of design, to any other vehicle on the road.
“The first step of any car design involves putting pencil to paper,” said Darryl Scriven, design manager at Nissan’s Design Center for Europe. “From that simple start, it’s a complex journey to production involving hundreds of skilled people, thousands of man-hours and millions in investment. So we think it’s very apt that on its fifth birthday, we celebrate the Nissan JUKE with a tribute that harks back to that simple, but bold, first step – all carried out with Nissan’s signature innovation and excitement of course.”