Stationery Company Builds 42-Foot Long Dragon Out of Paper in Preparation for 'Game of Thrones'

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 - 9:56AM
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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 - 9:56AM
Stationery Company Builds 42-Foot Long Dragon Out of Paper in Preparation for 'Game of Thrones'
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Viking Direct Office Faces Dragon Invasion: Office stationery suppliers build a 13-metre-long dragon, entirely from paper, to celebrate Game of Thrones with employees.

As the new season of Game of Thrones approaches, office stationery suppliers Viking Direct have ramped up the anticipation in their office by creating a giant dragon sculpture for their staff.


The beast, constructed from the equivalent of 1,200 sheets of A4 paper, was set up as a surprise for employees before they came into work. When staff arrived, they were confronted by the 12.95-metre-long dragon, with a body width of 2.8 metres, and wingspan measuring in at 6 metres. The installation was completed by a jet of 'fire' spouting from the dragon's mouth.
 


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The entire build and installation process was filmed by Viking and can be seen in this Dropbox file. 

 

Viking bosses worked with artist Andy Singleton to create the oversized sculpture. The entire dragon is made from carefully planned, cut, and scored paper, with a minimal wooden support to give it height. The dragon took 100 studio hours to design and create. A further 10 hours were then needed to install the creation in the Viking office. 

 

The idea for the dragon sculpture was inspired by Game of Thrones, but the individual style and look of the creature were designed by the artist. Andy Singleton said of the design

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I wanted the dragon to be an expression of my approach and style of work, so I did not look at any other reference images while making it, apart from my drawings. I wanted parts of the dragon's armour to look like faceted minerals, but also to have softer elements almost like fur on the underside. The colour choices just felt right when I was selecting the specialist paper.
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The design was originally sketched, before being made into a small-scale model. Once details were ironed out, the creation of the full-size sculpture began. The final piece was created in sections, starting with the head, to allow easy transport to its final home. Once it's time with Viking is done, the dragon will be donated to a local school. 

 

Viking has a history of innovative office design projects, and this latest installation is their biggest yet. Andy Jones, Digital Marketing Specialist at Viking Direct, said about the project: 

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Projects like this are great for keeping staff motivated and engaged, and for getting creative juices flowing. The dragon was a great bonding point in the office and really got people talking to each other. Being able to run these projects helps keep our employees happy and interacting with one another and lets them enjoy shared interests together.
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For more on the dragon project, check out Viking Direct's blog.

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