Nissan Origami Juke is a British Masterpiece – Going from Scratch to 2,000 Pieces

By Steve & Tamami Laser

We’ve seen Origami swans, soccer balls and even a tiger. But we’ve never seen anything like this. British artist Owen Gildersleeve has created a life-size Origami replica of the Nissan Juke revealed as “World Origami Days” are celebrated globally between October 24 and November 11.

JukeOrigami1Nissan UK says this unique sculpture uses 2,000 folded pieces of paper and took 200 hours to make. The artwork celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Juke in Europe, which is Nissan’s second best-selling European model.

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.

DSC_6540“This was a great project to work on – hard work but very rewarding,” said 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 and the thousands who continue to do so right here in the UK.”

Nissan says the Juke’s bold styling has been a key factor in the model’s success. Nissan helped to create a new compact crossover sector with the launch of Juke, offering something different, in terms of design, to any other vehicle on the road.

DSC_6508The Juke, which is built in Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, reaches its fifth birthday this year. Since first deliveries began in October 2010, more than 150,000 Juke models have been sold in the UK alone, with over 700,000 total sales across Europe, making it the continent’s best-selling compact crossover. (Editor’s note: Juke is also built in Japan.)

The automaker says Juke’s longer-term future in Britain was recently secured when Nissan confirmed that the Sunderland plant would produce the next-generation Juke benefiting from a further £100 million investment in the Sunderland facility and securing the plant into 2020.

DSC_7039“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.”

News source and photos courtesy Nissan UK

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