Please note there will be no opening event for this exhibition. There will be an event in conjunction with this exhibition on November 9th.
For hundreds of years, the art of folding paper – origami, to use its Japanese name – served two entirely aesthetic purposes: as an entertaining craft, and as a symbolic decoration. In the middle of the twentieth century, however, the practice underwent an artistic renaissance as artists and craftspeople developed new and innovative methods of designing and folding their intended forms. The practice also underwent another change: origami came into the world of science and engineering, and both fields have been immeasurably enriched.
Who would have thought the art of origami would be a catalyst for new discoveries in science, engineering, mathematics, and design?
The JICC is excited to present the next series of our annual origami exhibition, Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices. This exhibition presents designs developed at Brigham Young University, where research has been conducted based on the hypothesis that products and engineering systems can be designed to achieve the motions found in origami, with similar levels of efficiency, but using different materials and processes that would enable them to meet emerging product needs. All pieces and prototypes exhibited were featured in Y Origami? Explorations in Folding, a 2017 book published by American Mathematical Society.
This exhibition is in celebration of World Origami Days. Celebrated every year between October 24 and November 11, World Origami Days brings together people from around the world to spread the joy of paperfolding. You can learn more about World Origami Days on OrigamiUSA's website.
These prototypes and devices were developed by Brigham Young University's Compliant Mechanism Research Group (CMR). If you are interested in their free designs and learning materials, click here and here.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from October 24 through December 21 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on November 12 in observance of Veterans Day.