Take a magic trip to Oriland and experience Origami as you're never experienced it before.
Yurii and Katrin Shumakov have created a fantastic world of origami. It is a place called Oriland. Anyone with access to the World Wide Web can spend an hour (I dare you to keep it that short) a day, an evening or as. Florence Temko (CA) wrote in the guest book there, "I just got back from a vacation in Oriland and had a wonderful time. The trip was awesome. What a creative use of origami.. "
Oriland is made up of seven cities: Oriville, Foldingburg, Goblington, Papertown, La Magic, Newfold, and San Elf. Each one has a castle, a statue, distinctive architecture, beings, flowers, a piece of the Treasury of Oriland, and more; just go there and see for yourself at::http.//library.advanced.org/27152/index.htm
Editor's Note: this Oriland site was created for the ThinkQuest Competition 1999. the Shumakov's won a silver medal. ThinkQuest programs underscore using the internet and related technologies as powerful new learning tools that can be used by young people around the world.
Other search engines will get you there if you ask them to take you to Oriland. and find the link to the ThinkQuest site. In a little over two months, this site has had almost 1.35 million hits! The exposure for origami in sheer numbers is amazing and the quality of their work in equally awe-inspiring.
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Find where the Origami Cafe and leave messages for other origami enthusiasts. In addition to the Castle, there is the Gallery of Heroes, and the Museum of Architecture in which it is possible to see some of the models from the Treasury of Oriland.
Foldingburg has dinosaur skeletons, the Foldingburg Castle, a statue and, of course, the Museum of Paleontology, which houses some of the Treasury of Oriland and an exhibition of animals.
In Newfold: Garden of a Thousand Aromas, inhabitants look after the garden and a statue, and Castle Newfold is as imaginative as can be. There is an Oribana Pavilion and flower arrangement that is also part of the Treasury of Oriland.
Goblins who cultivate strawberries and love to travel in ships live in Goblington. In addition to it's special statue, the Castle has an exhibition of boxes and vases and a "Paper Assorti" exhibition. Papertown is Oriland's theme park city. Oriland's inhabitants visit this city and use the Salon of Transport. There is an Office Supplies Exposition in the Castle, where part of the Treasury of Oriland is displayed. What would a theme park be without its own Big Wheel? You'll find the origami version of this along with the special Statue of Papertown.
As if all this wasn't magical enough, the Shumakovs have created a city called La Magic: the Magic Portal. You've probably guessed that the castle here houses the Gallery of Magic Items, but it also houses the Exhibition of Decorations and part of the Treasury of Oriland.
The Whispering Forest of San Elf is inhabited by small wood spirits personifying the natural elements (elves). The San-Elf Statue and The Museum of Flora are in the San-Elf Castle that houses the plants of Oriland. It is also part of the Treasury of Oriland. Oriland delights in many ways with surprising little features, including a place to click and send a flower to a young lady in a boat in order to win her love. You can watch the response fly across the screen to the lucky suitor.
Origami and Education Link
Da Vinci would applaud this finding. He, too, theorized that for optimal
brain function, he should force himself to use the opposite hand in his
work. This research goes a long way in explaining why very young children
are able to learn languages so easily. Do go to Oriversity to read the
complete or abridged text of this enlightening study. The Shumakovs would
like to replicate
There're the Web Site
A click on "Origami Gallery" reveals pictures of many more models. There is so much more to be explored at this site including their thesis, news, information on their books and CD's, links etc. We are indeed fortunate to be exposed to these talented folders. Don't miss a visit to Oriland to see what the excitement is all about.
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