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But Will It Float?

By Terri Stone

The yacht Oneida has a history more colorful than a soap opera character. It was William Randolph Hearst's floating pleasure palace in the 1920s, ferried passengers across Lake Champlain in the 1930s, and was scrapped for munitions the 1940s. That was the end of its story until 2017, when artist Kiel Johnson recreated it—in cardboard.

While the real Oneida was the scene of illicit sex and maybe even murder, Johnson’s cardboard version made people smile as it sailed on dry land in the sunny beach town of Santa Monica, California.

Watch the making of the cardboard Oneida.

For more of Kiel Johnson’s cardboard creations, visit his website.