Around a year and a half ago, ManMade featured a behind-the-scenes look at how artist Horst Kiechle created this anatomically correct paper torso with removable organs to teach children biology lessons in the Fiji Islands.
Now, a cool update: Horst has provided a full how-to so you can make your own, complete with free downloadable templates. He says,
The template files below allow you to build your own paper torso from A4 sheets of paper/card. The torso is life size and acts as a container for the organs.
To ensure accuracy and strength the torso has been designed with a layered approach. Detailled instructions guide you through the 700+ steps of the assembly process. The process is not difficult but time consuming. Before starting on the torso I would suggest you build the organs first. Paper should be at least 150g/m².
A4 paper is slightly bigger than letter size, so to print a few of the templates, you’ll need to cut your own 297×210 mm (11.7×8.3 in) from widely available 8.5×14″ paper, or even 12×12″ cardstock from the scrapbooking section of the craft store.
“Not difficult but time consuming.” Hmmm…..