Nissan creates full-size origami car to celebrate Juke’s 5th Birthday

Nissan recently celebrated its popular Juke model's 5th birthday by having a life size origami replica of the model made.

British artist Owen Gildersleeve was the man behind the model, which took 200 hours and more than 2,000 pieces of paper to create. The detailed model included exact dimensions of the current Juke as well as the same bold design cues – such as the wheel fenders, lights and grille – that give the real-life model its distinctive character.

The model was inspired by the very first steps of car design – a blank piece of paper as well as providing an expression of Nissan's Japanese Heritage. Artist Owen Gildersleeve said: “This was a great project to work on – hard but very rewarding”. He then went on further to explain additional meaning behind the origami wherby using so many individual pieces of paper to create the overall structure “represents the thousands of people who helped bring the Nissan Juke into reality.”

The Nissan Juke’s bold distinctive styling has been a key factor in the models success, which has had more than 150,000 sales in the UK alone since its first deliveries in October 2010 and over 700,000 total sales in Europe, making it the continent’s best selling compact crossover.

It doesn’t look like production of the Juke will be slowing down anytime soon either with the model just recently securing a £100 million investment in the Sunderland facility which is secured until 2020.

The Origami Juke is revealed as ‘World Origami Days’ are celebrated across the world between the 24th October and 11th November.