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Origami in the Garden at Morton Arboretum

Origami in the Garden

Morton Arboretum Origami in the Garden

From May 19 – October 22, The Morton Arboretum welcomes Origami in the Garden, a series of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibition will feature installations, gallery works, and the Box’s own compositions as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

Twenty-five displays will be showcased throughout the Arboretum’s east side, among them the exhibition’s capstone, “Master Peace,” featuring 500 stainless steel origami cranes soaring 24 feet above a reflective granite base. The piece’s reflection creates the appearance of an additional 500 cranes, evoking the Japanese tradition of folding a thousand cranes as a meditation and prayer for peace. Another highlight will be “Seed Sower,” a new piece inspired by the Arboretum featuring an intricately designed squirrel, designed by origami artist Michael G. LaFosse, and an acorn, designed by origami artist Beth Johnson.

Each of the sculptures in the Origami in the Garden collection started with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists, including LaFosse, Johnson, Robert J. Lang and Te Jui Fu. To re-create each piece for Origami in the Garden, Kevin Box pioneered a unique process of lost wax casting and fabrication to capture the delicate details of folded paper in museum-quality metals.

“Origami presents a simple metaphor; we all start with a blank page and what we do with it is up to us,” said Kevin Box, creator of Origami in the Garden. “We created Origami in the Garden to inspire people with the possibilities of what can be created from one simple piece of paper.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Origami in the Garden to The Morton Arboretum this spring and summer,” said Sue Wagner, vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum. “Framed against the Arboretum’s gallery of trees, each beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece meticulously captures the intricate folds and three-dimensional artistry of origami.”

Origami in the Garden is free with Arboretum admission. Related family activities, lectures and workshops will accompany the exhibition, including an opening weekend celebration on May 20 and 21. Visit mortonarb.org/origami for the latest schedule of events.

About Origami in the Garden
Origami in the Garden is a monumental sculpture exhibition created by American artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper and has been transformed into museum quality metals by Kevin Box at his studio in Santa Fe, N.M. Individually, these enchanting sculptures inspire wonder and create broader connections to life and the world around us. Collectively, the exhibition tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing. The exhibition comes to The Morton Arboretum after a successful run at the Naples (Fla.) Botanical Garden. For more information on artist Kevin Box, visit outsidetheboxstudio.com/about/bio.

About The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world.  On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,500 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming more than 1 million visitors and serving 44,000 member households in 2016. Learn more at mortonarb.org.

Morton Arboretum Origami in the Garden