Artist Frank Boelter set sails in his lifesize
paper boat as he leaves a shipyard in Lauenburg, Germany.
He constructed the 9-metre vessel from 'Tetrapack' and fearlessly sailed it up
the Elbe, despite the fact the light material is more commonly used for packaging
The 37-year-old artist came up with the idea one breakfast time, while
he was sitting at his kitchen table fiddling with an empty milk carton, which
he cut up and made into a scaled-down model. The £110 boat is 30 feet long,
weighs 55 pounds, uses a 170-square-metre piece of Tetrapack paper, and took
only two hours to construct.
A group of Japanese elementary school students in Hiroshima created the world’s
largest paper airplane and flying it.
The students used paper measuring 3.1 meters long and 2.2 meters wide,
and weighing 4 kilograms. By the time day to fly their creations arrived, the
kids had six planes, each measuring 2.05 meters long, which required three students
running together to launch. Eight attempts produced three successful flights,
the longest of which was 40.7 meters.
Edward Chmura in: Japan, Cool!, Art, Education
A paper crane with a wingspan
of over 60 metres was exhibited in the worldís
largest wooden stadium in Oodate , Maebashi, Gunma Pref. Japan, October 30th
1995. Northern Japan. Presumably this required a rather large square of paper.
(The straits Times newspaper 4th August 1998) A Square 33m by 33m used to fold
a crane. Reported by Joseph Wu. [From an article in the Japan Times. JW]
November 10th 1999 in the Seattle, Kingdrome, USA
the, quote, ìWorldís
Largest Paper Crane Projectî was presented as part of the year 2000 Millennium
Peace project. The Crane wingspan was over 200 feet.
Jim Mockford, a Japanese language teacher in Washington State, USA, reports
that in the fall of 1995 a class of 20 of his students made an ori-tsuru (paper
crane), out of a single sheet of paper that measured over 23 feet wing tip to
wing tip. Of course there have been larger cranes made from many sheets of paper
pasted together such as the Maebashi record (see above), but Jimís crane
seems to be the largest made out of a single square sheet of uncut, unpasted
paper. It was a great team building project and a lot of fun.
| origami construction from identical modules
Jeannine Mosely USA, completed a level 2 Sierpinksi sponge in December
1995, with 2400 identical modules. It took about 15 hours total to construct,
and over a period of about 2 weeks, working on it for 2 to 3 hours at a time,
every couple of days. Sierpinskiís sponge is a fractal solid that can be described
as follows. Take a cube, divide it into 27 = 3 x 3 x 3 smaller cubes of the same
size and remove the cube in the centre and the six cubes that share faces with
it. You are left with the eight small corner cubes and twelve small edge cubes
holding them together. Now, imagine repeating this process on each of the remaining
20 cubes. Repeat again, and again.
NASA – Helps Pupils
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the Langley Research
Centre Hangar used ex-astronauts and engineers to help pupils from various schools
in Hampton, Virginia, USA to develop, build and fly a record breaking large paper
aircraft, with a wing span of 30ft 6in (9.15m) on 25th March 1992. If you think
that’s large see the current World Record for the Largest wingspan.
World Record – Largest Wingspan
The paper aircraft with the largest wingspan, 40ft 10in (12.22m), was made by
a team of students from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, at the Delft University
of Technology in the Netherlands. It was flown indoors on 16th May 1995. Launched
indoors by one person, it flew a distance of 114ft 2in (34.80m) from a 10ft (3m)
high platform. In order to comply with the rules, it only had to fly more than
50ft (15.24m) from the edge of the launch platform. This aircraft would have
covered a greater distance, but for a wall which stopped it in mid flight, causing
extensive damage to the nose section, and still smashing the world record in