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Kirigami is similar to origami in that it is a form of paper art. The major difference is that in origami, you fold paper whereas in kirigami, you fold and cut paper. 3D Kirigami and Origamic Architecture Typically, kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then cut; cuts are then opened and flattened to make the finished kirigami. Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms

"Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor, Australia. Kirigami is the art of cutting and folding paper to create a 3D image. Like pop-up cards, the image becomes 3D when opened, and flat when closed." by Flickr user janularry