Folding Yoshimura Pattern into Large-scale Art Installations

Various spatial expressions of Ruga Swan. (a) Ruga Swan at the Juliet Art Museum in Clay Center of Arts and Sciences in 2016, Charleston, West Virginia. Photo Courtesy: Robert J. Lang. (b) Ruga Swan at the Allentown Art Museum in 2017, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Photo Courtesy: Harry Fisher. (c) Ruga Swan at the Hermitage Museum and Garden in 2016, Norfolk, Virginia.

Citation: Wu, J., (2018). Folding Yoshimura Pattern into Large-scale Art Installations. Lang, R., Bolitho, M. & You, Z. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (7OSME), Volume One, pp. 1-14, St. Albans, United Kingdom: Tarquin Publications.

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Abstract: recent years, origami art has developed from a traditional paper craft to a contemporary art practice that is capable of intricate and complex expressions. Focusing specifically on the Yoshimura pattern, this article explores its potential for being used at an architectural scale to create spatial expressions that blur the boundaries between a human body, where it dwells, and what it wears. Various form finding, material choices, fabrication tools, assembly details, and installation techniques are experimented upon in order to transform the Yoshimura pattern from scale paper origami to full-scale folded ‘skins’ that allow the human body to move within and through.

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