Sunday, September 19, 2010

Origami in 3D

I while back I was thinking about Origami, and the limits of working in three dimensions.

I realized that if you start with a rigid piece of paper, and fold it back on itself, this can create a layered buffer of paper that can be tapped or stored. So, a rigid sheet can be converted into one of virtually limitless elasticity. That means any form that is possible within traditional sculpture (clay, metal, etc) can be built from a single sheet of uncut lamina.

I ran across work by origami artist Joel Cooper that demonstrates this potential on an amazing level.

From Joel Cooper:

From Joel Cooper:

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