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The Master of Folds: A NASA Physicist Turned Origami Artist [Video]

The Master of Folds: A NASA Physicist Turned Origami Artist Robert Lang

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.

Happy 101st Birthday to Akira Yoshizawa

Akira Yoshizawa

Today Google is celebrating the life of renowned origami master Akira Yoshizawa, who would have been exactly 101 years of age today. The Google homage below was created by famous origami master Robert Lang representing the styles and techniques learned through Akira.

Google Logo Celebrating Akira Yoshizawa by Robert Lang

In his time and as well as today, Akira was revered as the grandmaster of origami where he transformed the meaning from mere craft into the living art as we know it today. According to an estimation made in 1989, he created more than 50,000 models, of which only several hundred were documented in his 18 books. Akira is widely known for his technique of wet-folding, which allowed the use of thick papers and allowed for soft curves, gentle shapes and rounded, organic forms. He also developed the standard for origami, which has now been the standard for instruction for more than 50 years.