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Nick Shafer showcases 30,000 origami dove creations in world record attempt



People gathered at Wadsworth High School on March 13 to support junior Nick Shafer and view his astounding display of more than 30,000 origami doves, origami maple leaves, and other origami creations. 

The main attraction of the showcase event included a big “W” shape made out of over 30,000 red and white origami doves, and a fake tree composed of his maple leaves — both of which were official attempts at breaking Guinness World Records for the largest display of origami doves and maple leaves.

Shafer poses in front of the 30,000 origami doves he created in attempt to break a world record. PHOTO COURTESY OF Nick Shafer

Shafer originally planned on showcasing his work in 2020, but was unable to due to lockdown restrictions; this gave him more time to work on his creations.

Nick Shafer created 2,452 origami maple leaves and arranged them in to a tree for the showcase event. PHOTO BY GRACE PANTALONE

“Nick’s display was amazing, and it was definitely worth it to see the scale of everything,” said junior Andrew Piepho, friend of Shafer. 

In order to become a world record holder, Shafer had to have 2 non-family members, one having origami knowledge, count the amount of doves and maple leaves, then submit paperwork and evidence of his work. Guinness World Records officials were unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Once I submit the evidence, it can be up to 16 weeks [to get approval],” said Shafer. 

Every year, Shafer tries to create one big project: In 2018, he created an origami red dragon, and the following years brought a white snake and a torso, which were also displayed at the showcase. The past two year’s big projects were the origami doves and maple leaves.

As of right now, Shafer does not think he will try to achieve a third world record, but is happy with already attempting two only as a junior in high school. 

Shafer has created many different origami projects but the dragon, the serpent and the torso are three of his other bigger projects. PHOTOS BY GRACE PANTALONE

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Nick Shafer showcases 30,000 origami dove creations in world record attempt