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Paper Bird Sculptures by Diana Beltran Herrera

Everyone displays their affection for birds in different ways. Some people take photographs, others make birds out of LEGO and many simply feed birds in their backyard. But one woman decided that the way she can become closer to birds is to make them out of paper.

Diana Beltran Herrera, a highly talented Colombian artist, constructs realistic sculptures of birds out of paper by painstakingly cutting out pieces of paper. These life-sized birds can take anywhere between a couple of days and two or three weeks and she’s already created a collection of more than 100 species.

Herrera was recently interviewed in the Smithsonian Magazine and explained how this project started:

“I discovered that I was living in a city full of nature, but somehow the traffic and modernism never allowed me to see what was living in there,” says Herrera. “With time,  I started to find those plants, animals and life in general and felt astonished about each single thing, but the most recurrent animal was always the bird.”

It’s her hope that her art and sculptures will help inspire people who feel disengaged from nature to rediscover the wonder all around them.

You can read more about Diana Beltran Herrera at her website and see more of her sculptures on her Flickr page. If you have time, I highly recommend checking out one of her exhibitions, like her current exhibition “Birds of Florida” at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Orlando.

Here are just a few samples.




Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.

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