The incredible origami of renowned physicist Robert Lang – an art he has not only mastered but frequently uses to explore complex, real-world engineering problems.
Ghostcube is a series of hinged interlocking wooden cubes created by Swedish designer Erik Åberg which can be twisted and folded – origami style – into a seemingly endless array of complex shapes.
Åberg has open-sourced the design in the form of 30 minutes of development and application video that you can download from his site.
When it’s a four panel kinetic sculpture.
The Evolution Door by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler opens and closes at the slightest touch, folding aside like origami, without crushing your fingers in the process (unless perhaps you’re using the steel one).
For now, the Drehplattentür (flip panel door) remains a prototype.
Danish artist Peter Callesen creates these extraordinary papercraft sculptures from single sheets of white A4. Sez he:
“By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.
The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.”
(Hat tip: Aaron McAllorum)
‘Oritsunagumono’ (which translates as ‘things folded and connected’) is an origami collection by artist, Takayuki Hori, designed to highlight the environmental threat of pollution to species native to Japan’s coastal waterways.
Each translucent sheet is first printed with either the images of fragments of an animal’s skeleton, or, on some pages, human-made discarded objects that are often ingested by the animals in the wild. Using the ancient tradition of folded paper, hori assembles the pages into a three-dimensional model. Once the paper is folded, the printed components are united as a whole, telling the visual story of the animal’s plight to survive in an increasingly polluted and hazardous ecosystem.