Recently we did an origami installation for GO Transit, well-known transportation company here in Toronto. They commissioned us (Oriland creators :-) to create several origami art-pieces for their new Community Office at 901 King West Street, the Grand Opening of which happened on October 2 on Toronto’s Nuit Blanche art event.
We created Origami Spheres out off their flyers based on an icosaherdon shape, one of the 5 Platonic solids. Each of the big spheres was folded from 120 pieces of paper (GO flyers mixed with silver shiny paper), no glue was used. The big spheres turned out to be 2.5 feet (75 cm) in diameter each and each 6.5 kg in weight. For the big spheres we also created origami pedestals in shape of 5-facet columns using black paper. Installed into windows the spheres are well noticeable from the street and attract attention. Based on Icosahedron form the spheres turned to be quite elegant and this shape actually is “First stellation of icosahedron” also called Small triambic icosahedron.
Also we created a few smaller spheres, 15 inches (40 cm) in diameter each to decorate the office. On the pictures, you may see two of them hanging from the lampshades. In respect of shiny elements of spheres, the folks in the office called the opening party as Origami Disco :-)
Another highlight of this origami installation was the company logo letters ‘G-O’ we created out of mini origami cubes, each letter being almost 2 feet (20 inches) tall. Each cube was folded from a regular Letter-size sheet of paper and measured 2x2x2 inches. The mini cubes were arranged (connected securely each to other by paper locks) to build each letter. The origami “G-O” letters turned out quite cool and cute at the same time – they stand on the cube-legs. Everyone loved and smiled at them :-)
That’s Katrin (one of Oriland creators duet :-) It feels good when do a project like that.
And here is Yuri (the other half of Oriland creators duet). You may see proportions of the sphere.
If you are in Toronto and happen to be in the King West Street area, come to this GO office to see these origami art-pieces for yourself! Cheers :-)
See through the slideshow of this installation.
Happy folding and you’re always welcome to Oriland!
Katrin and Yuri Shumakov
Oriland Creators, Origami Artists