Origami

Warning: I apologize for my lack of detail in names and specifics.

I could be stealing this from someone, but Origami to me is physically showing the architecture of art through paper. Months ago, I was in studio around 4AM and I was trying to find something on Netflix that would help keep me awake. I saw Between the Folds, a documentary of the Paper Art. I had heard about it but I had never seen it until that fortunate night of exhaustion. The documentary itself was very beautiful and I’m sure if I watched it again (not at 4AM or when I’m past my point of exhaustion) I would get even more out of it. Yet even from the snippets I can remember, I was amazed at how scientists, not just artists were trying to push the boundaries of this Art form. There were people dedicating their efforts in order to understand the science “between the folds.” They were trying to recreate some of this in computer programs! While on the other hand, they were interviewing artist were working on their own interpretation of Origami. One artist in particular stood out to me with his realistic origami folding. To me, it has always had a certain sense of interpretation from the artist, yet this one person was trying to make the paper look as realistic as possible.

Maybe when I was young, my origami interest was just another way to connect both the structure of architecture to the creativity of art. Without structure and creativity, origami would not exist. There has to be a methodical and thoughtful process (as the documentary states). Architecture starts out the same way. You can’t get to the electrical or plumping before looking at the initial topography or the foundation. Eventually, all the folds add up and make a building. It’s just a really expensive form of origami. Some architecture today can even resemble origami on a physical example. Frank Gehry, for example, builds very organically. He literally puts folds into his buildings. Gehry is not the only architect out there doing this, but he was the first to come in mind. I personally don’t like Gehry’s style and I don’t think it works(maybe I’ll go more in-depth on my opinion of Gehry at another time). But that doesn’t mean the resemblance isn’t there. I watched a documentary on Frank Gehry and in his design for the The Guggenheim, he crumbled up a piece of paper and told his pit crew they had to recreate it on the computer. Could his action of crumbling up the piece of paper been origami? He created folds. I don’t know if there was much thought process to those folds, but he changed the state of the paper. Whether you like Gehry or not, origami is prevalent in the world of Architecture. Not in an obvious way, but it is there.

Check out more about Behind the Fold here.

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