What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

There’s No Place Like Holm



Artist Charles Young is building an ever-growing miniature city entirely of paper. He calls the project Paperholm. Every day, the artist creates a new building or object or machine or creature, many incorporating moving parts. He then shoots hypnotic stop-motion gifs animating his creations.

Young has created hundreds of these beautiful, diminuitive artworks, and I had a tough time resisting the urge to include all of them. As much fun as his sillier pieces are, I think his less whimsical buildings are even more amazing. He’d make one hell of a good architect!

You can follow Young on his website and on Instagram.

All images property of Charles Young.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

23 thoughts on “There’s No Place Like Holm

  1. These are amazing-hard to stop looking at them! Great find!

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  2. Amazing art, Donna 🙂

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  3. Just wow! They are amazing, beqiujmd and mesmerizing!

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  4. These are utterly incredible. I love his imagination and his skill. I love that they are all white too so that the design is really showcased without any distractions of colour or pattern. I just opened an Instagram account this weekend (I am so behind the times) so I have decided to follow Paperholm as one of my first follows.

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  5. All I can say is WOW! I cannot even get one building painted for my as yet started train layout and this person has a whole city….then animated.
    People can get stuff done.

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  6. Question:
    In the modern world, what do people use to make stop motion? My phone would be too unsteady (or maybe there is a tripod attachment…?) but I guess my camera could do it. Is there an easy to use program?

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    • The only kind I have ever seen uses a super-stable tripod, a remote clicker (I’m sure that’s the technical term), and a whole lot of patience. I know once you’re ready to put the photos together, there are add-one that can automatically duplicate frames and string them together into video. I haven’t actually done one, so I don’t know what program you’d use.

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  7. That’s just too cool! I would never have the required patience (or of course skill), to do this!! Wow!

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  8. So fascinating – thank you for sharing!
    Tatyana at

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  9. Incredible work! Like Roberta said, it’s hard to stop looking.

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