Artist Kiel Johnson looks at paper in a very specific way. He doesn’t see it as something you can simply write on or recycle to make more paper: he says paper as the building block of creativity. His current body of work has been to construct these tiny, intricate, detailed little cities from chipboard and various other paper pieces. These cities are fully realized with stadiums and police chases, power lines and Times Square like culture zones. They have thousands of little stories contained in one piece and are just incredibly fascinating.
We spoke with Johnson about his process and where it has led him (for example, he’s been doing a slew of workshops for TED this year). Johnson also creates tons more, from very detailed drawings to these funny zombie masks that happened out of nowhere. He’s incredibly gifted and one of the funniest, candid people we’ve ever met. You can check out more photos and hear Kiel’s story here.