Origami in the Garden Opens at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
I may be more of an indoor kid but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to ever go outside. In fact, the older I get the more I find myself heading outdoors seeking adventure in nature rather than in interior spaces. Whether it’s a hiking trail, a state park or a botanical garden I’m always happy to explore the natural world around me. Last week I headed to Claremont to do just that when I previewed the new exhibit Origami in the Garden² at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, dedicated to California native plants, was established in Orange County in 1927. In 1951 it moved to its current location in Claremont and has been hosting visitors ever since. Covering 86 acres it’s the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, with over 22.000 in residence.
Currently, nestled among the foliage are several bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures that make up the exhibition Origami in the Garden². Created by Kevin and Jennifer Box this exhibition features 16 distinct origami sculptures placed at optimal points throughout the garden.
Last week, I visited to view the works on display and, I must say, it;s one of the best exhibits I’ve see this year. When I arrived, I was given a map with directions to the sculptures that were strategically placed throughout the garden. I felt like I was on a treasure hunt and as I strolled the paths and would feel a bit of glee each time I spotted one.
Featuring a wide variety of subject matter the pieces are both though provoking and slyly humorous.
And the detail is just incredible. Each piece started as a traditional paper origami work using only one sheet of paper. From that a mold was created to render the piece in a metal sculpture and the detail is simply outstanding.
I initially approached this hawk from behind and, for a second, thought it was a live animal.
Just look at that detail! In the gallery, you will find further explanation on how the pieces were made with impressive visual aids.
That’s a lot of folds!
While the detail of some of the pieces were simply astounding I must admit my favorite was one of the simpler ones.
I just love this little boat – and it even floats!
Origami in the Garden² is currently on view through April 14, 2019. As the weather continues to cool it’s the perfect time to head to Claremont and seek out your own adventure at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Throughout the coming months there will be several activities held that compliment the exhibit which will make for a fun day out.