For his thesis project, Thomas Hillier created stunningly detailed papercraft artwork inspired by the woodblock prints of the famous Edo-period Japenese artist Hiroshige. Thomas' project, called The Emperor's Castle, is a fantastic combination of illustrations and 3-dimensional paper sculptures that you just have to see for yourself:
The Emperor’s Castle originates from a mythical and ancient tale hidden within a woodblock landscape scene created by Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaker, Ando Hiroshige. This tale charts the story of two star-crossed lovers, the weaving Princess and the Cowherd, who have been separated by the Princess’s father, the Emperor. These characters have been replaced by architectonic metaphors creating an urban theatre within the grounds of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.