Paper sculpture created to bring in Christmas crowds

An enchanting paper version of Bristol has been created for a film promoting the city as a place to visit over Christmas and New Year.

Visit Bristol has produced the film featuring an illuminated paper-cut sculpture of some of the city’s famous landmarks.

The 'Merry Bristmas' film promotes the city as an attractive Christmas destination. It is two-and-a-half minutes long and was made in collaboration with Bristol-based Peloton Design, photographer and film-maker Michael Foyle and artist and ‘paper illustrator’, Sam Pierpoint.

The artist was invited to ‘imagine a city made for Christmas’. In the film, she is seen photographing and sketching key elements of Bristol’s landscape – including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the ss Great Britain and At-Bristol's Planetarium.

She has created a paper-cut island sculpture of Bristol ­– finished off with a miniature Christmas tree, fairy lights and tiny hot air balloons.

Here are some of the intricate steps involved:

Working out the design for the paper creation Credit: Visit Bristol
Sam Pierpoint reveals her paper crafting skills for one of the elements Credit: Visit Bristol
Brunel's famous iron ship crafted from paper Credit: Visit Bristol
Have you guessed what this is? It's one of the towers for the Clifton Suspension Bridge Credit: Visit Bristol
Paper people for the sculpture - Visit Bristol hopes for plenty of real visitors thanks to the film Credit: Visit Bristol
Let there be light Credit: Visit Bristol
  • Watch the full film here, courtesy of Visit Bristol: