Robert J. Lang is an American physicist who is also one of the foremost origami artists and theorists in the world. He is known for his complex and elegant designs, most notably of insects and animals. In 2001 he quit his job at NASA to focus his passion: the art of paper folding. With a deep understanding of mathematics and materials, Lang’s origami designs have been incorporated into everything from spacecraft to airbags. His works aren’t limited to functional objects, he’s also produced a wide range of original artworks that have been exhibited around the world. The Great Big Story recently sat down with Lang for this brief interview.
“Once we have understood the way paper folds and unfolds, we can apply those patterns to things that are very different from paper.” – Robert J. Lang