Enchanting Backlit Paper Sculptures that Look Like They’re Out of an Animated Movie

The artists known as Hari & Deepti have once again teamed up to create a series of enchanting backlit paper sculptures. Graphic designer and illustrator Harikrishnan Panicker and illustrator and UX designer Deepti Nair created these sculptures for an exhibit featured in the Black Book Gallery in Denver. The exhibition spotlights several hand-cut paper sculptures of scenes out of mythology and science fiction, each lit from behind with LED strips.

The series, entitled “Oh, The Places You Will Go!”, was inspired by the art and design duo’s recent travels. On the exhibit’s Black Book Gallery page, Hari & Deepti explain the motivation and ideas behind their artwork:

Our paper cut light boxes are intricate, hand cut sculptures and dioramas that focus on story telling. ‘Oh, The Places You Will Go!’ is based on our recent travel experiences and inspiration that we have gathered along the way. All of us are explorers and warriors on a path of discovery – from India, New York, Thailand and Colorado, our trips have been filled with great experiences exploring the unknown. We are fortunate to live in Colorado amidst all the wilderness and amazing places to travel. This summer our trips included two of our favorite places: Moab, Utah and Yellowstone, Wyoming. The scale and beauty of these places is awe inspiring and we seem so small in comparison. Please join us at our gallery opening as we unveil the magical worlds we have created. The show will be set in the dark – no lights will be on in the gallery with exception of the light emanating from the artwork. Let each one draw you in like moths to a flame.











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