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Missouri Botanical Garden becomes home to 18 large-scale Origami sculptures

George Vandervalk

ST LOUIS, MO - This jaw-dropping event will take place in the garden for the first time starting from July 27, 2021.

These origami sculptures shed light on the history of the Japanese art of paper folding, created by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box.

By using lost-wax casting and fabrication techniques, these sculptures convey the myth and story behind origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. It took nine years to perfect an innovative 35+ step process that glorifies the precision of origami in stately museum-quality metals.

There are several origami sculptures included in the even. The public will have the chance to enjoy the example of Japanese art such as; a majestic tower of 1000 cranes, flying birds, painted ponies, emerging butterflies, floating boats, and many others.

It's one of St. Louis' must-see exhibits with more than 18 elegant and playful pieces to grace the landscapes of the garden.

Stunning large-scale metal sculptures have also been created in collaboration with world-renowned origami artists like Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. La Fosse, and Beth Johnson.

The art of folding

This simple yet exquisite art first making its appearance in Japan during the 6th century and is believed to be carried by Buddhist monks from China.

Due to the high price of paper, the first origami was reserved only for religious ceremonies in Japan.

Thousand of years of legacy wrapped in a single piece of paper. Today, this magnificent art is so popular worldwide were many talented artists are trying to manifest their minds using paper as their tool.

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