Local artist, Jooj, plans to smash a Guinness World Record for the largest display of origami butterflies this December as part of his Merlin Wall showcase at Cape Town’s First Thursday.
Taking place at the Youngblood Arts and Culture gallery on 74 Bree from Thursday 5th of December until the end January, art lovers from far and wide are invited to see 14 original artworks and around 30,000 individually folded hanging butterflies that form part of the Guinness World Record attempt.
In 2015, Jooj fell in love with the traditional Japanese method of origami when he began an art piece for his wedding that showcased more than 5,000 UV varnished butterflies. The latest world record was set in Japan with more than 20,226 butterflies, until now, when the ambitious Cape Town artist succeeds it.
Jooj has spent the last 2 years putting his origami pop art collection together and planning the perfect way to bring it to life, and after a trip to Berlin, his idea for the Merlin Wall evolved. He adds, “South Africa’s winning streak and morale will continue, and what better way than to end 2019 with a Guinness World Record. After reaching 25,000 plus individually hand folded butterflies earlier this year, we stopped counting. We look forward to the end result and are confident that all our blood, sweat and tears will be rewarded and celebrated.”
The excitement will continue over the next few weeks as an independent auditing firm, The Audit Pro, will be responsible for the official count at the end of November, followed by a Guinness World Record adjudicator to officially handover the certificate to the artist at the First Thursday showcase.
In keeping with South African gees, locals are invited to join the fun and support the local artist by visiting the unique art on display. For further information follow the artist’s Instagram jooj_paper, visit his website www.joojart.co.za or call 082 786 2181.