Origami exhibit combines nature with grand art sculptures

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Winchester, Virginia (AP) — Garden Origami is the latest exhibit in the 7-acre garden of the Shenandoah Valley Museum.

The show will run until November 13th at 901 Amherst St. in Winchester.

Based on the art of Japanese origami, origami engravings are made from metal cast or processed sheet metal and are intended to mimic paper origami works.

Each piece of art was designed by artist Kevin Box of Santa Fe, New Mexico, initially as a paper origami paper and later as a much larger metal replica. For each sculpture, he worked with experts in this field.


His ambition was to create more questions than answers.

“When art and the garden are together, (you) can ponder the universe,” he said.

He hopes that when people watch the show in the yard atmosphere, they will feel more truly arriving in the yard than ever before.

“It’s rewarding to come here and discover something unexpected,” he said.

The outdoor exhibition was created by Box (45 years old) and his wife Jennifer (49 years old).

He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and has a background in graphic design and marketing among other art forms. He studied bronze casting after graduating from college.

She has a degree in education and was a dancer for 10 years in New York City before spending time exhibiting origami.

According to Box, each piece takes about a year from the idea in the form of paper to the realization of a metal reproduction by Box Studios.

Prior to traveling to Winchester, the couple exhibited origami art in the 35-acre front yard of Santa Fe.

Their first exhibition was held at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens in 2014, and since then Origami in the Garden has visited 17 botanical gardens and museum venues.

According to the MSV news release, the MSV display has 11 installations in the formal garden, featuring a paper origami model and Glen Bernie House’s “deployed” cast aluminum wall hangings.

You can see running horses, flying cranes, paper boats, pegasus and much more. They are made from aluminium, bronze and steel, and some sculptures are attached to the stone base, Release said.

“The placement of the sculptures encourages visitors to explore some of the most beautiful places in the MSV’s formal gardens,” says Release. “A group of three colorfully painted ponies is surrounded by more than 20 crab apple trees in the Grand Array. The boat is nearly 11 feet in the air with a metal oar near the spring stream. A balanced, 12-foot-winged flying crane. The span decorates the entrance to the Asian Garden. “

The tallest sculpture is a 13-foot-high butterfly from the pupa, and the smallest sculpture is a 12-inch bronze acorn that weighs 35 pounds and is part of an installation featuring a 7-foot-high squirrel. is.

The Glen Burnie House exhibit features a complex origami model of Pegasus created using butterflies, boats, flying cranes and uncut pieces of paper. The paper model is complemented by a complex crease pattern hidden beneath the surface of the origami and four metal wall hangings that reveal the creases.

In addition to the work created by Jennifer and Kevin Box, Origami in the Garden features collaborations with world-renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Tejuifui, Beth Johnson, Miharu G. Lafosse and Tim Almijo. is.

The exhibition includes an audio tour of each piece that participants can enjoy by calling from their mobile phones.

Visitors can have a picnic and enjoy on the MSV grounds, buy ice cream and light meals, and display souvenirs at the gardens and museum store pop-up shops.

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