Parisian Metro Tickets Enlisted to Fight the Empire as Kirigami X-Wings

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I, not being an artist, am content to ride Boston's subway system quietly, eyes down, in a general malaise. It's a New England thing. French artist Hubert de Lartigue, on the other hand, uses his subway time to imagine X-Wings.


X-Wings from paper metro tickets, to be precise. de Lartique assembles them using nothing but a scalpel and a folding tool—no glue—and they're pretty sharp.

"I'm very proud of how it turned out and I feel like I am the author of a little masterpiece. I got to the point where I asked myself whether the Parisian metro tickets hadn't actually been designed to enable me to one day use it as a canvas for this ‘work.' Their proportions and even the patterns and drawings on them take part in the whole of the work. I'm not kidding, I find that there is a great underlying mystery here…"

So what say you, Parisian metro officials? Who amongst you is the closet Star Wars freak that designed an entire city's subways passes after a marathon Star Wars viewing session?

Step-by-step instructions for creating your own fleet of Empire-defying papercraft X-Wings can be found here. Naturally, also living in Paris will help your construction efforts immensely.

Editor's Note: This is actually kirigami, as the artist is making small cuts to the paper. Apologies to the origami artists out there! -j.l. [Hubert de Lartigue via Neatorama]



To Jack's point about Boston subway riders, results of brandishing a scalpel on the "T" would vary wildly depending on which line you were riding.

For the rail lines below, each would offer 50% of...

Red Line: Patronizing commentary on how your X-Wings weren't true origami or real Art, but showed just enough talent to warrant an invite to live in a socialist commune in the tunnels of Porter Sq.

Green Line: Dismemberment by an angry mob — may or may not have anything to do with said scalpel.

Orange Line: Triggering a massive gangsta-samurai showdown when everyone else brandished their own edged-weapons.

Blue Line: Chance of being shot to death by an overzealous MBTA cop.

((The remaining 50% chance on each line is for continuation of the general malaise.))