Extreme Origami

At MIT, the Japanese art of paper folding goes beyond cranes, boats, hats and those little fortune-telling things many kids make in middle school. Looking at origami as a science using engineering concepts and high-level math, the members of OrigaMIT attend workshops, weekly meetings and host campus wide competitions. The club attracts many enthusiasts and has members with geometry and engineering backgrounds. Last fall the club constructed a 17-foot long paper triceratops. These complex new designs can take weeks and months to prepare and create each structure. Recently MIT graduate, Brian Chan, designed “Mens et Manus, ” which is a model of the MIT logo out of one 3ft square piece of mulberry paper taking 25-30 hours to complete.

Here is a video displaying “Mens et Manus” and other club pieces. http://www.boston.com/video/editor_picks/?bctid=782291296001&p1=News_links

The club host events and workshops that are open to the public and can be found on their website: www.origamit.scripts.mit.edu.

Written by: Jessica Murphy

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