Miniature Origami May Be The Smallest Art Form In Your Instagram Feed

published Feb 24, 2018
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It’s no surprise that people love tiny things. The Japanese art of origami is objectively already tiny, where square sheets of paper get folded into palm-sized cranes, boats, cups, and other items. But one artist is taking the form to a whole new (miniscule) level.

Known in popular Instagram circles as White on Rice, Ross Symons is a web developer turned mini origami extraordinaire. From his desk in Cape Town, South Africa, Symons used his downtime to perfect his hobby that would later turn into a full time business.

With a following over 100,000, Symons handcrafts bite sized versions of our favorite animals, plants, and other cool subjects, staging them with props found in his studio and displaying them for the world to see. His unique approach to design caught the eye of Google in 2017, leading to the creation of origami sculptures for the video wallpaper on Android tablets and smartphones.

On December 1st, Symons hashtagged #MiniatureGami, challenging himself to create a different sculpture each day: “@white_onrice will be bringing you a new miniature origami post every day for the entire year.” Sounds like a win for us, right? We’re on day 86 and thoroughly impressed with the custom installations thus far. Follow Symons on Instagram to see what he has up his sleeve for the next 279 days.