The origami exhibition combines nature with large art sculptures

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WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Origami in the Garden is the latest exhibit in the seven acres of gardens at the Shenandoah Valley Museum.

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

Based on the Japanese art of paper folding, origami sculptures are made from cast metal or fabricated sheet metal and are meant to imitate paper origami creations.

Each artwork was designed by Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist Kevin Box, first through paper origami and later as a much larger metal replica. For each sculpture, he worked with experts in the field.


His ambition was to create more questions than answers.

“When you have art and a garden together, (you) can contemplate the universe,” he said.

He expects that when people see the show in the atmosphere of the garden, they will feel like they have really arrived at the garden like never before.

“Come here and be rewarded by experiencing the unexpected,” he said.

The outdoor exhibit was created by Box, 45, and his wife, Jennifer, 49.

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 college.

She has a teaching degree and was a dancer in New York for 10 years before devoting her time to the origami exhibit.

Box said each piece took him about a year, from conception in paper form to completion as a metal replica by Box Studios.

Before heading to Winchester, the couple displayed their origami art in the front yard of their 35 acres in Santa Fe.

Their first exhibit opened at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden in 2014, and Origami in the Garden has traveled to 17 botanical gardens and museums since then.

The MSV exhibit features 11 installations in the formal gardens and an exhibit of paper origami models and “unfolded” cast aluminum wall hangings in the Glen Burnie House, explains a press release from MSV.

Visitors will be able to see various pieces like running horses, a flying crane, a paper boat and a pegasus. They are created from aluminum, bronze and steel with sculptures mounted on stone bases, the statement said.

“The placement of the sculptures encourages visitors to explore some of the most picturesque locations in the MSV’s formal gardens,” the statement read. “A group of three colorfully painted ponies are flanked by more than 20 crabapple trees in the Grand Allée, a boat swings nearly 11 feet in the air on metal oars near a spring-fed creek and a crane flying with a 12-foot wing span adorns the entrance to the Asian garden.

The tallest sculpture is a 13-foot-tall butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, and the smallest is a 12-inch bronze acorn that weighs 35 pounds and is part of an installation featuring a seven-foot squirrel. from above.

The Glen Burnie House exhibit features intricate origami models of a butterfly, boat, flying crane and Pegasus created using uncut pieces of paper, the statement said. . The paper models are complemented by four metal wall hangings that reveal the intricate crease patterns and creases hidden beneath the origami’s surface.

In addition to works created by Jennifer and Kevin Box, Origami in the Garden features collaborations with world-renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fui, Beth Johnson, Michal G. LaFosse, and Tim Armijo.

The exhibit includes an audio tour of each room that visitors can enjoy by calling in from their cell phones.

Visitors can bring picnics to enjoy on the MSV grounds and purchase ice cream, light snacks and exhibition souvenirs from a pop-up shop in the gardens and in the museum shop.

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