May 31st, 2018

Origami Art Visits RVA

Origami in the Garden sculpture. Image by Phuong Tran

Origami in the Garden sculpture, Flying Peace. Image by Phuong Tran

Have you seen the Origami in the Garden sculpture exhibition at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden yet?  The outdoor origami art exhibition, which continues through September 30, is included with Garden admission and is free for Garden members.

The second stop on a national tour, Origami in the Garden captures the delicate nature of a paper art form (origami) in museum quality metals.

Origami cranes sculpture origami art

Origami cranes from Origami in the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Image by Tom Hennessy

Displayed within beautiful garden settings will be 16 vignettes featuring 21 sculptures. These examples demonstrate what can be folded from a single piece of paper, such as soaring birds, gliding airplanes, galloping ponies, floating boats, and emerging butterflies.

Origami Art

Indoors, in the Lora Robins Library, visitors will visually explore four unfolded wall hangings displayed with their four corresponding folded origami pieces. Hidden within every folded origami object is a ‘crease pattern’ – a pattern or record of choices,” says artist Kevin Box. “These four pieces display the beautiful patterns found inside an origami object when unfolded.”

A personalized (free) audio tour is available for visitors who call in on their cell phone and listen to the artists speak about the work. For audio tour directions, be sure to pick up an Origami in the Garden map in the Robins Visitor. This map also shows a suggested walking route and where each sculpture is located.  Folding stations, also located in the library, will invite guests of all ages to try their hand at origami.  We also have Origami in the Garden-themed tours for children and families. See all our Origami in the Garden activities!

You can learn more about Origami in the Garden from Kevin Box, one of the artists behind the work, in the video below.

Origami in the Garden
Now through Sept. 30, 2018
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with additional early morning summer weekend hours and extended hours on Thursday evenings.

About Lynn Kirk

Lynn Kirk, a freelance writer and marketing consultant, has collaborated with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden since 2002. She considers it a joy and privilege to write newspaper articles and member newsletters for such a top-rated (and utterly gorgeous!) public garden.

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