This Egyptian Law Student Builds Monumental Structures Made Of Cards


Ahmed Hassan Refaie, is an Egyptian law student who is intent on making buildings out of playing cards.

The Twenty-year-old artist does not just makes card houses; he makes palaces and churches, some of which take days to construct.

Refaie has been pursuing his hobby for 10 years and hopes to win a Guinness World Record something that would bring him one step closer to opening a museum, which he hopes to build out of cards.

“I love this, to be honest. I like the idea a lot. I like architectural shapes. I like cards. I like art. So, I tried to find a link between them and this is the link,” he said.

“The biggest model I made was the ‘Church of Losanda’, this was made for the child who died in the bombing. It took me 100 hours, because of the details. The small things that were in it were very hard to get right. So, it took me a very long time to do the details,” Refaie said.

The “Church of Losanda” – named after a child killed in the recent bombings that targeted Christians in Egypt is his largest creation till date, it took him 100 hours to build.

“I would like to get a Guinness Record. Some people say Guinness is my goal but to me it isn’t. To me a Guinness is a step which would enable me to put on a big exhibition. Hopefully, in my 10-year plan, I’d like to build a museum made of cards. I got the idea from a museum in China that is made of cardboard,” he” added.



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