Artist Brian Chan has created a collection of fascinating life-like origami insects, each one folded from just one square piece of uncut paper. Chan is a craft instructor at MIT who works on perfecting his craft in his spare time.
The paper insects, which at first look like real bugs and then tiny sculptures, include a locust, a grasshopper and several varieties of beetles. The intricate details of such origami critters come to life as the artist carefully follows a specific order in which the folds must be implemented. Once viewed as a pastime reserved for elementary school projects and old oriental women, the ancient art of origami is expanding to a more modern audience, taking on unconventional forms and uses.