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Mesmerizing Paper Dome Turns the Sky into a Kaleidoscope

This beautiful, geometric “telescope” turns gazing at the sky into a mesmerizing experience. From the outside, the piece looks like a plain, white cylinder. But if you stoop low and step inside, the white walls open up into a soaring dome that divides an onlooker's view of the sky into intricate patterns.

Shoko Konishi, a student at Tama Art University in Japan, created the dome with sheets of laminated cardboard, which she rolled up and pressed together. The compressed cardboard rolls take on elegant teardrop shapes and transform into a labyrinth-like design. The paper's shiny surface is reflective, capturing light from the changing sky and magnifying it.

Konishi titled the piece Transition because its purpose it to help the viewer watch the sky change from a new perspective. The structure focuses your vision and allows you to appreciate the details that may have been taken for granted otherwise. That's why Transition would be the perfect place for gazing at a sunrise, sunset or a windy day as clouds race across the sky.

Shoko Konishi's project page
via [Spoon & Tamago]

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