Origami Street Art
Origami Street Art is a list of origami-themed structures shown in public spaces.
June, 2012: French artist Mademoiselle Maurice, presents her work by folding hundreds or origami pieces and assembling them onto public spaces. The origami pieces are made in vibrant colors and the final installation often features geometric shapes such as triangles, hexagons, and stars. Her Rainbow Origami Installation has been seen in the streets of Paris, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Where next mademoiselle? First seen here
Feb, 2012: Origami artist, David Shall
, was extremely excited to see his paper origami rabbit recreated in steel and displayed near the Ashbourne exit of highway N2 (County Meath, Ireland).
The giant rabbit is 6 meters (20 feet) high and weighs over 4 tons. The metal sculpture was created by large-scale-artist, Alex Penteck. Photo from here. More photos here
Sculpture by the Sea is an outdoor exhibit featuring sculptures made by artists and displayed alongside a beachside landscape. There are several exhibits: Bondi Beach, Australia; Cotteslow Beach, Western Australia; and Aarhus, Denmark.
In March 2011, Sculpture by the Sea in Cotteslow Beach, Perth, Australia featured over 70 pieces of art. The prestigious grand prize of $15,000 was awarded to a team of four graduates from the Central Institute of Technology: Marwa Fahmy, Stephen Genovese, Elizabeth Marpole and Kate Parker. Their installation, "Lifeboat", featured 1697 waxed-paper origami-boats trailing down a hillside. It symbolized the arrival of Willem de Vlamingh, a Dutch sea-captain who explored the southwest coast of Australia in 1697.
In April 2010, a huge crane was constructed in the desert for the annual, 3-day Coachella Music and Art Festival. The synthetic crane provided shade during the day, and it was lit up at night to guide music goers. Crane was 45-foot tall and had a 150-foot wingspan; constructed by the Crimson Collective. First seen here.
Irish artist Alex Pentek, creates large-scale public-art some of which are inspired by origami. Shown is a 8 metre long, 4.5 meter tall hedgehog (County Wexfort, Ireland) inspired by John Richardson's origami Hedgehog
Alex's origami-style, 10-storey high kangaroo is shortlisted for permanent display at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Final decision will be made in 2010.
Note also David Shall's origami rabbit rendered 6 meters tall (20 feet) on display in a glassy patch between a stretch of highway in County Meath, Ireland. See above.
In 2008, Felipe Galindo created stained-glass windows to celebrate the magic and diversity found in the Kingsbridge district in NY (231 St train station).
Within this art installation, you can find a paper boat and an origami crane. "Magic Realism in Kingsbridge" can be seen here and here.
In December 2008, Jeannine Mosley and hundreds of volunteers constructed a model of the Union Station (Worcester transportation building) using close to 100,000 business cards. See original building here, and news story here.
French artist Etienne Cliquet, is renown for his work on origami and technology. In May 2008, he placed a huge crease pattern of a self closing box (shown above) on the lawn of Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (shown below).
This solo exhibit "Déplié International" (Crease Pattern International), was called "Glassbox, sans les murs" (Glassbox without walls). See more photos here.
These Painted Ponies were created by Kevin Box (bronze sculpturist) and Te Jui Fu (origami artists). The bronze casts can be seen in Progress Park, Paramount, CA (2006), USA and Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Loveland, Colorado, USA (2007). Photos from here.
In 1999, Robert Lang created 4 origami models representing the wildlife found in and around Santa Monica. These origami models (tree frog, sea urchin, dragonfly, and Garibaldi) were cast in bronze and adorn drinking fountains. Later, the Sea Urchin and Garibaldi were replaced with a sea turtle and a flying fish.
In November 1999, Wings for Peace created the world's largest paper crane: it was over 215 feet wide, and approximately 1750 pounds. Seattle, WA, USA. Photo from World Peace Peace Project for Children.
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