Remember that kid in your sixth grade class who could craft a sleek, crisp, perfectly aerodynamic paper airplane out of a piece of crumpled looseleaf? That kid has nothing on Benito Ferro. Or maybe that kid is Benito Ferro. Either way, we're guessing you haven't ever seen a tiny Yoda made out of folded paper before, and that's why we want you to meet Benito.
The twenty-five-year-old origami enthusiast, who moved to Atlanta from Brazil in 2010, has made himself a hobby out of creating weird and wonderful things out of square sheets of paper, from animals to traditional cranes to the most awesome little Yodas we've ever seen. In addition to creating intricate Jedi Masters out of paper, Benito does cranes—lots and lots of them. A thousand, to be exact. It's part of his 1000 Origami Cranes project, the goal of which is to share a thousand of the little folded paper birds with people around the world. So far, Benito's cranes have made it to 74 cities in more than 20 different countries, as a kind of macrocosm of the public shared art we've come to know and love in Atlanta. (One of the lucky crane recipients here in Atlanta was Portlandia's Fred Armisan, who proudly rocked the crane atop the keybords during the Portlandia show at Variety Playhouse.)
Pretty amazing stuff, no? Take a gander at some of Benito's work, and keep up with him on Tumblr and Instagram (@yoyoferro).