Animals Wildlife Intensely Layered Papercuts Highlight Plight of Endangered Animals By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated January 30, 2020 CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Patrick Cabral via Behance Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Papercut art has been around for hundreds of years, starting back in China during the Han dynasty. Many artists now practice the art, incorporating aspects of their cultures into their works. Based out of Manila, Philippines, multidisciplinary artist and art director Patrick Cabral presents a beautiful variation to the usual flat, two-dimensional standard, creating intricately layered papercuts in the form of endangered animals. Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Patrick Cabral/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Seen over at This Is Colossal, Cabral's works feature dense carvings of curlicues and blooming motifs. It's a bit reminiscent of the style of ornamentation seen in Indonesian shadow puppets. Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 The features and fur of these majestic but threatened animals have been transformed into a visual feast of hand-cut embellishments, imparting a sense that we need to pay attention and look a bit closer. It also presents the fierceness of some of these wild creatures in a different, more fragile lens: "I want to provide a contrast of soft materials to a predator," says Cabral. Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Patrick Cabral via Behance/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 The series was conceived by Cabral as a way to highlight the plight of elephants, apes, tigers, pandas, lions, wolves and other animals that are currently being threatened by habitat loss, poaching, and other environmental pressures brought on by human greed, encroachment and massive climate change. All proceeds from the sale of Cabral's sculptures will be donated to the Philippines chapter of the World Wildlife Fund. To see more, visit Patrick Cabral's website and Instagram.