Paper Cut-Out Installations Create A Jungle In The Living Room [Pics]

Paper Cut-Out Installations Create A Jungle In The Living Room [Pics]

Artist Andrea Mastrovito's installations cover the ceiling and walls with images from books.

Emma Hutchings
  • 13 may 2014

Artist Andrea Mastrovito, who lives and works between Bergamo and New York, created these two amazing installations featuring a variety of plants and animals. An empty room with white walls is transformed into a colorful nature scene using hundreds of illustrations that were cut out of books.

The intricate collages include lots of bats clinging to the ceiling, butterflies resting on the walls, and various other animals arranged on the floor beneath. Pandas, cats, rabbits, meerkats, squirrels, snakes and other creatures have been carefully placed amongst the brightly colored flowers.

The installations, titled ‘The Island of Dr. Mastrovito’ and ‘The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II’, cover a room in cut-out images, which have been individually removed from books and precisely arranged in such a way that the animals appear to co-exist in the cramped space.


The first site-specific work was installed at Governors Island in New York in 2010. It included illustrations from 1,100 books, with 180 hand-cut images stuck onto the ceiling taken from books about bats. The second version of the installation was shown at MUDAC in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012 and required a total of 1,200 cut-out books.

Mastrovito took his inspiration for these works from H. G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. The titles refer to the story and the artist has substituted himself for the titular doctor who experiments on animals to give them human traits. Mastrovito’s alternative method is to try to breathe new life into animal images by cutting them out and placing them all in the bare room so they can take control and inhabit it together.

The artist must have spent hours and hours on the imaginative paper dioramas; finding books with suitable images, cutting them out, and then arranging them all in the space. The intricate and inspiring installations show the amazing artworks that its possible to assemble with a lot of patience and commitment. You can view more pictures of ‘The Island of Dr. Mastrovito’ and ‘The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II’ in the gallery below:









Andrea Mastrovito
[h/t] Beautiful Decay


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