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Giant origami sculptures have invaded Morton Arboretum

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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The Japanese art of origami usually concerns itself with miniature representations of much larger objects, but a new sculpture exhibit hosted by the Morton Arboretum makes the folded forms much larger. "Origami in the Garden" opened at the Lisle park over the weekend and will be on display throughout the Arboretum’s east side until October 22.

The stainless steel sculptures are the work of Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, who based the designs on pieces mades out of folded paper by noted origami artists. "Origami in the Garden" includes 40 sculptures, which are arranged into 25 different displays, located throughout the arboretum. One of the most impressive pieces in the exhibit is "Master Peace," a tower made up of 1,000 cranes that reaches 24 feet into the air and weighs more than 10,000 pounds. 

Morton Arboretum will offer programming throughout the summer that ties to the exhibit's Japanese roots, including classes about bonsai, gardening, papermaking and more (check out the full list here). While you're planning your escape to nature, take a look at these photos of the origami sculptures in their new home.

Photograph: Courtesy Morton Arboretum

Photograph: Courtesy Morton Arboretum

Photograph: Courtesy Morton Arboretum

  

Photograph: Courtesy Morton Arboretum

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