Using the ancient art of origami, Japanese design student Takayuki Hori has created a collection of animals, entitled Oritsunagumono – literally translated as folded and connected - to address the environmental threat of pollution to Japan’s native coastal species.
Skeletons of 8 endangered animals including the sea turtle and waterfowl are printed onto translucent material. Hori then cuts and folds these into the shape of the animals. The bones are black and white, while objects that are carelessly discarded by humans and often ingested by the animals are shown in colour.
The striking effect is a ghostly origami animal that gives the impression of a 3-dimensional x-ray. The rubbish discarded by humans can clearly be seen inside each of the animals and it is in this way that Hori brings the fatal effect humans have on the these animals into poignant view.
Follow the link to designboom for one of Hori's templates.