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Origami means “folding paper” in Japanese. Origami in the Garden² (also known as the Fundamental Exhibition) captures the delicate nature of this paper art form in museum quality metals. This collection of pedestal sized and otherwise easy to install, outdoor sculptures was created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Designed for temporary installation in public gardens and museums, each sculpture tells the story of a single piece of paper transforming into a flapping bird, a flying airplane, a galloping horse, a floating boat and more. The exhibition features Box’s own compositions as well as collaborations with world renowned origami artists Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert J. Lang and consists of 24 sculptures creating 20 displays including 4 unfolded wall hangings. Origami in the Garden2 was created as a platform for educational programming and offers OiG merchandise and fine art on a smaller scale to be sold in the gift shop. A complimentary audio tour is also offered for visitors to call using their own cell phones to listen to the artists speak about the work.

“Origami presents a simple metaphor; we all start with a blank page, what we do with it is up to us and the possibilities are endless.” — KEV I N B O X



CONVERSATIONPEACE This artwork is meant to inspire a conversation. What different elements can you identify within this work, its materials and potential meaning? How do the elements relate? What does it mean to you? Rock Paper Scissors is a fun way to find a winner but for serious conflict, conversation and communication is the key.

/ Conversation Peace / by Kevin Box / painted cast stainless steel on stone on steel / 78” x 33” x 34” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 13

CRANEUNFOLDING This sculpture was the first origami related work by Kevin Box, the creator of Origami in the Garden2. For him the crane is a symbol of what we see on the outside but when unfolded, we can see what is on the inside. There is more to the world than meets the eye and the artist expresses this perception through this simple metaphor of origami.

/ Crane Unfolding / by Kevin Box / powder coated cast stainless steel on steel / 82” x 30” x 30” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 16

DUO In Japan the origami crane is recognized as a symbol of peace and harmony. In nature cranes are known to mate for life and this sculpture represents that commitment.

/ Duo / by Jennifer & Kevin Box / powder coated cast stainless steel on stone / 64” x 24” x 22” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 14

EMERGINGPEACE This sculpture tells the story of a leaf dreaming of flying and the process of a caterpillar transforming from a tiny egg into a beautiful butterfly. Folded by origami master Michael G. LaFosse who makes the paper he folds and transforms it into the beautiful butterfly you see.

/ Emerging Peace / by Kevin Box & Michael G. LaFosse / painted and patinated cast stainless steel on steel / 72” x 24” x 24” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 32

FLYINGPEACE Now captured in cast stainless steel, this sculpture displays one of the most complicated origami cranes ever folded from a single uncut square of paper. Folded by internationally renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang.

/ Flying Peace / by Kevin Box & Robert J. Lang / powder coated cast stainless steel on stone / 84” x 27” x 16” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 9

FOLDINGPLANES This sculpture tells the story of a piece of paper dreaming of flying. At the base is a blank page that folds its way up to the top where the airplane takes flight. It takes seven decisions or folds to make a piece of paper fly. Each fold symbolizes a choice or action taken to transform dreams into reality.

/ Folding Planes / by Kevin Box / painted cast aluminum on steel / 90” x 29” x 30” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 11

HERO’SHORSE Ancient legends tell of a winged white horse sent from above to help the hero in his journey to save the world. Upon completing the task, the mythical winged horse returns to the sky, unfolding into the stars becoming the constellation Pegasus. You can also see what this Pegasus looks like when you unfold it revealing the crease pattern underneath in the Inside Out2 display.

/ Hero’s Horse / by Kevin Box & Robert J. Lang / painted cast aluminum on steel / 90.5” x 40” x 32” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 21

NESTINGPAIR Olive branches are also known as a symbol of peace and are used here to remind us of the compromise necessary to make a happy home together.

/ Nesting Pair / by Jennifer & Kevin Box / powder coated cast stainless steel, patinated cast bronze on stone / 55” x 35” x 18” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 4

PAINTEDPONIES This is the first colorful collaboration between Box and an origami artist. They used a technique called kirigami, which means to cut. The Chinese symbol on the backside of the larger pony is a collaborative signature. Te Jui’s last name Fu, translates as teacher or tutor and the box that surrounds it symbolizes Kevin’s last name.

/ Painted Ponies / by Kevin Box & Te Jui Fu / powder coated cast aluminum / large pony: 66” x 77” x 24” / small pony: 40” x 48” x 13” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 2

PAPERNAVIGATOR This sculpture is inspired by ancient explorers that navigated small boats across vast oceans. To find their way they studied the movement of stars, ocean currents, weather patterns, the habits of animals and the changing colors of the sea. Knowledge was passed down from generation to generation. Many explorers brought with them the plants, seeds and animals needed to survive and thrive in new lands.

/ Paper Navigator / by Kevin Box / painted or powder coated fabricated aluminum / 30” x 55” x 26” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 31

RISINGPEACE What we know as an origami crane or swan, is called a “Tsuru” in Japanese. It is one of the oldest origami designs folded from a single, uncut square of paper. Images and references to this iconic design date back hundreds of years to the Edo period of Japan between 1600 – 1860. The crane has become a symbol of peace around the world and folding cranes continues to be an inspirational experience for many.

/ Rising Peace / by Jennifer & Kevin Box / powder coated cast stainless steel on stone on steel / 79” x 33” x 26” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 10

SEEDSOWER This sculpture was created by three different artists working together. Nature also works together in inspiring ways like in the relationship between a squirrel and a tree. A tree provides food and shelter for the squirrel while the squirrel helps pollinate and distribute the tree’s seeds.

/ Seed Sower / by Kevin Box & Michael G. LaFosse / patinated cast aluminum on steel / 67” x 25” x 20” / Seed / by Kevin Box & Beth Johnson / patinated cast bronze / 17” x 16” x 16” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 31

/ Botanical Peace2

/ Blooming Stars

/ Blooming Stars

/ Botanical Peace2

STANDINGCRANES This series of hand painted cranes celebrate the many patterns and colors that can be found on origami paper. Different patterns on each side inspire and reward viewers that explore the entire sculpture.

/ Blooming Stars / by Kevin Box / hand painted fabricated aluminum on steel / 97” x 76” x 36” / Botanical Peace2 / by Kevin Box / hand painted fabricated aluminum on steel / 97” x 76” x 36” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 7 & 8

STARUNFOLDING This abstract self portrait represents Box’s work prior to learning about Origami. There is a relationship between this work and the star at the base of the “Crane Unfolded”. Both tell the story of what is beneath the surface of what we see.

/ Star Unfolding / by Kevin Box / powder coated cast bronze on steel / 74” x 24” x 18” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 24

WHITEBISON The White Bison is a symbol of peace to many Native Americans. This Bison was the first collaboration between Kevin Box and origami master Robert J. Lang. The design used a single, uncut piece of paper and a technique called Duogami meaning that one side of the paper is white and the other side is a color, in this case silver. This piece is also shown unfolded revealing the crease pattern beneath in the Inside Out2 exhibit.

/ White Bison / by Kevin Box & Robert J. Lang / painted cast aluminum on steel / 57.5” x 40” x 28” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 15

WHOSAWWHO? In the relationship of predator and prey, the Raptor is looking for food and the Mouse is too. The difference is that the Mouse has to keep a look out for two things: the food he wants to eat and the predator that wants to eat him! When you look at these two, who do you think saw who first?

/ Raptor / by Kevin Box & Robert J. Lang / patinated cast stainless steel on stone / 47” x 15” x 12” / Armijo’s Mouse / by Kevin Box & Tim Armijo / patinated cast stainless steel on stone / 8” x 13” x 11” / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 6

INSIDEOUT 2 Most of the pieces in Origami in the Garden2 were originally folded from a single piece of uncut paper. Hidden within every folded origami object is a “crease pattern”– a pattern or record of the choices, or creases, made in creating an origami object. These four wall hanging pieces display the beautiful patterns found inside an origami object when it is unfolded. Beside each unfolded piece you can find its paper model folded by Kevin Box, Michael G. LaFosse, or Robert J. Lang.

/ Inside Out2 / by Kevin Box, Robert J. Lang & Michael G. LaFosse / painted cast aluminum wall hangings and paper models / audio tour: 1-888-495-7736 no. 17, 26, 27, 22

The art of paper making

Abe’s method for trisecting an acute angle using origami

EDUCATIONALPROGRAMMING Origami in the Garden2 is an educational platform for Asian Culture, Mathematics, Science, Paper Making Plants, Technology, Engineering, Renewable Resources and Recycling.

/ Did You Know? / One ton of recycled paper can save: / 17 trees / 380 gallons of oil / 3 cubic yards of landfill space / 4,000 kilowatts of energy / 7,000 gallons of water


The Fundamental Exhibition Inspiring gardens near you: The Dow Gardens 2019 Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 2018 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 2018 Tucson Botanical Gardens 2017– 2018 Memphis Botanic Garden 2018 – 2019

The Monumental Exhibition Inspiring gardens near you: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, April – October 2018 The Morton Arboretum 2017 Artis– Naples the home of the Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic 2016 – 2017 Naples Botanical Garden 2016 – 2017 Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 2016 Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden 2015 Santa Fe Botanical Garden 2014


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