Turn Traditional Designs into Modern Day Wonders – An Ode to Origami

My first experience with origami failed miserably – the paper was too small, the crane figure was too ornate, and my fingers were like plump sausages trying to create delicate folds. Though I was (and am still to this day) inexperienced with origami, I blame my utter failure on the tiny piece of paper that I had to fold. But in today’s world where bigger is better, and where the popular art of origami is growing – larger and larger – perhaps I’ll finally manage to complete an origami creation.

But, in the meantime, let me introduce you to some of the magnificent wonders of the record breaking origami world:

A frighteningly accurate replicate of the slithering serpent, the origami cobra is sure to send chills down the spine of anyone who meets it face to face. Constructed on Sentarosa Holiday Island in Singapore on March 11, 2001, the origami cobra measured 45.49 meters (149.245 feet)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most popular bird in Chinese culture, the crane is a symbol of longevity and auspiciousness, making it one of the most created origami images. Consequently, the largest origami crane ever folded has a winspan of 78.19m (256 ft 6in), which is greater than the width of a traditional football field! This huge crane was folded at the Odate Jukai Dome in Odate, Maebashi, Japan on January 21, 2001.

 

While the records for the biggest origami creations are impressive, we can’t discount the equally impressive origami miniatures! Sadly, these itsy bitsy creations are hard to see, but a few of my favorites include:

  • The smallest origami chicken – crafted from a paper measuring 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm to fold a 1.19 mm long chicken (I’ve never even heard of an origami chicken before)
  • The smallest model folded from the smallest square – a pajarita (a Spanish model) was made from paper measuring 0.36 millimeters by 0.3 millimeters using a 20 times magnification lens, and two pairs of tweezers

Now those are some miniature miniatures!

I’ve shown you the best that origami has to offer from across the globe, but here at Growing Tree Toys, we have our very own resident origami specialist! Nick, our Web Administrator, has been practicing this Asian art for approximately 17 years. (Fun Fact: his oldest intact origami piece is from 6th grade!)

Here’s an inside glimpse at a few of his many creations both tall and small:

Source Citation:
“Origami World Records.” www.recordholders.org. October 22, 2009. http://www.recordholders.org/en/list/origami.html

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